The Nigerian government has issued a warning to former president Goodluck Jonathan over the abduction of the Chibok school girls.
In a statement released on Monday, March 6, the minister of information, culture and tourism Lai Mohammed said Jonathan must stop engaging in finger pointing concerning the issue of the Chibok girls.
He added that because the girls were abducted during Jonathan’s regime, pointing fingers is an unnecessary distraction for the present administration.
The federal government’s warning is coming after a report by a British newspaper revealed that the British armed forces’ offer to attempt to rescue the girls were rejected by then President Jonathan.
While former President Jonathan reserves the right to defend his administration, he should not engage in finger-pointing by saying that:
Some people who have obviously been playing politics with the issue of the Chibok girls will stop at nothing to further their interest.
After the girls were kidnapped and the Jonathan’s administration did nothing for all of 15 days or make any determined efforts to rescue them thereafter, our party, the then opposition APC, told the nation several times that the whole Boko Haram crisis was allowed to escalate by the PDP-controlled federal government so they can use it as a political tool ahead of the 2015 elections.
In a statement on 8 Sept. 2014, we said: ‘President Jonathan-PDP’s political manipulation of the Boko Haram has to be understood as part of its pooker-like calculus for clinging on to political power ahead of the 2015 elections.’
Two-and-a-half years after that statement, we have been vindicated by the report that claimed President Jonathan rebuffed an attempt by the British government to help rescue the girls.
We hope the former president will now refrain from stoking further controversy over the lingering abduction issue and allow the government of the day to focus on its ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the Chibok girls.