Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima has claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan did not call him until 19 days after the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
Shettima disclosed this in Maiduguri on Monday while receiving former President Olusegun Obasanjo who stopped over at the government house, on a two-day visit to the University of Maiduguri, said former President Goodluck Jonathan failed to call him or any official of the state government to make inquiry or empathize with the state over the incident.
The governor who tried to make comparison between the two former presidents said he was confident that the abduction of the Chibok girls would have been handled differently were the former President (Obasanjo) in power at the time of the incident.
“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” he said.
About 270 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their hostel in GSS, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014 as they prepared for their West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.
While about 50 of the girls managed to escape from the terrorists, who were said to have dressed like military men loaded the girls into trucks and headed for an unknown destinations, 219 of these girls had since remained missing.
Their abduction sparked international outrage and the #bringbackourgirls campaign. Former president Goodluck Jonathan was criticized for his slow reaction to the Chibok abductions, seen by many as indicative of his response to Boko Haram, which at its strongest held large swathes of northeastern Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Cameroonian government on Friday reported that a suspected suicide bomber was intercepted in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up claims to be one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno State in 2014.
The federal government on Monday appointed some delegates , including Chibok parents, to go Cameroon to identify the said girl.
Although there have been doubts as to whether the girl was among the kidnapped Chibok owing to reports that the girl was likely a minor, between ages nine to 12 years, which does not agree with The “Bring Back Our Girls” advocacy group report that the youngest of those kidnapped in 2014 was 16 years old at the time
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu, however said the ministry of women affairs, the Nigerian high commission in Cameroon and other agencies of government will continue to work together with other stakeholders to verify the issue.
“Considering the well-known guidelines regarding the publication of photography of minors, we have decided to forward the pictures of the suspected bomber to the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for verification by interested Chibok community stakeholders”.
“The ministry of women affairs, the Nigerian high commission in Cameroon and other agencies of government will continue to work together with other stakeholders to verify all the issues.