I can’t take responsibility for abduction of Chibok girls – GEJ
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he cannot take responsibility for the abduction of the 2014 Chibok schoolgirls because he isn’t in control of Boko Haram.
In an interview with BBC, on Friday, while speaking on the kidnap, which happened during his administration, he said:
“Immediately the Chibok girls issue came up, we expected Nigerians to be concerned.
How do we get these girls out?’ Within a couple of days, we saw people going to the US with Bring Back Our Girls placards. How? Why? And of course, Mrs Obama received one of those placards.
I cannot take responsibility for that abduction. I don’t control Boko Haram. They are criminals. But as a president, of course you know it’s not the president that goes to the fields.
You have security and intelligence officers that do the work. Let me admit that yes, maybe they do their best, but their best was not good enough for us to recover the girls. That I cannot say I am right or I am wrong.
That does not mean I am trying to remove myself from any blame. Yes I may not be blamed for the action, but I could be blamed that my security and intelligence systems were not strong enough to be able to rescue the girls.
If I as a politician, will tell the whole world that my political ambition for any single office is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, how will I be happy that girls have been kidnapped? I’m not that kind of character.”