Jonathan didn’t believe girls were abducted — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s failure to immediately order the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, spoilt the chances of rescuing them.

The sect had abducted some female pupils of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14. The group later released a video where its leader, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell the girls.

According to Obasanjo, the President did not believe the pupils were truly abducted until after 18 days.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, which was aired on Saturday, ex-president

Obasanjo said, “On the kidnapping or abduction, the President did not believe that those girls were abducted for almost 18 days. If the President got the information within 12 hours of the act and he reacted immediately, I believe those girls would have been rescued within 24 hours, maximum, 48 hours.

“Don’t forget, they are almost 300 girls. The logistics of moving them is something (delay the sect would have encountered). Unfortunately, the President had doubts; ‘Is this true? Is this a ploy by some people who don’t want me to be President again, who is doing this?’

“I think that was unfortunate aspect of the whole exercise or situation.”

When asked to comment on the performance of Jonathan, whose candidacy he supported, Obasanjo said Jonathan had performed below the expectations of Nigerians.

“It is not about disappointment; I don’t believe he has performed up to the expectations of many Nigerians, not just me,” he stated.

While he disagreed that he ‘helped’ Jonathan to the presidency, he said it was God who made him president. He, however, said people could be instrumental to one’s achievements.

Obasanjo added, “I always tell the President himself; ‘if God doesn’t want you to be there, you won’t be there.’ On instrumentality of people, yes, because God wants him to be there. But having been there, you have to perform. That is what I believe. When you get there, no matter how, just perform and keep on performing.”

About Don Saint

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8 Responses to “Jonathan didn’t believe girls were abducted — Obasanjo”

  1. Leave dis man alone

  2. I thnk obj shud concentr8 in pastoring school & fraud

  3. Jonathan should remain commited OBJ comments must not deviate our pointed attention to getting those girls back and crushing boko haram
    3 hours ago · Like

  4. OBJ should speak for himself. If Jonathan didn’t believe the girls were kidnapped why did he call in the UN army and other foreign countries? OBJ should search himself properly before spitting out words.

  5. True talk

  6. I agree wit obj

  7. His eyes don open now!!!

  8. thats true, i go with you, but lets focus on getting the girls back now

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