‘Obasanjo would have rescued Chibok girls if he was President’ – Borno governor

Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima has declared that if former president Olusegun Obasanjo was at the helm of power when 279 girls were abducted from Chibok, he would have seen to their rescue as opposed to Goodluck Jonathan who only got in contact with him 19 days after the abduction.

Shettima, who made the statement when Obasanjo paid a courtesy visit to the Government House in Maiduguri, also noted that former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was president as at the time the girls were kidnapped, only called him 19 days after the abduction of the Chibok girls.

The governor recalled how Obasanjo clamoured for peace during his administration as president by interacting with governors, traditional rulers and other peacemakers in troubled regions, in search of peace.

He also stated that Jonathan didn’t sympathize with the people of Borno state over the girls kidnap.

“In our own case, Your Excellency, after the Chibok abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014, it took 19 days for me to receive a call from the Presidency.”

“I brought this mainly to show the difference, because we will only appreciate scenarios when we make comparisons.”

Shettima also brought to Obasanjo’s notice remarks made by the current minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe who served under the former president as an adviser.

“Your Excellency, Sir, I was privileged to have worked closely with Chief Innocent Audu Ogbeh as Honourary Adviser to me on Agriculture. He selflessly assisted us in fine-tuning our Agricultural programmes from 2012 to 2015 which made him to be frequent in Maiduguri in the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.”

“I remember that in one of his visits, we had one conversation in 2014 after the Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction. I was actually lamenting to him on governance at the Federal level with relations to poor handling of the Boko Haram insurgency.”

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