Regarding the abduction of Chibok girls, several efforts are being made by the Federal Government to rescue and return the girls alive to their families. However, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised doubts on their possible return.
During an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr Obasanjo said anyone who is anticipating the return of the girls, who have been missing for 22 months now, was simply living in fantasy. The event, which had the theme, “An Evening with Obasanjo,” held at the open arena of the staff club on Friday 5th February, and had very notable personalities in attendance.
Mr. Obasanjo blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for downplaying the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were captured. He said the former president heard about the kidnap at 8am in the morning of the abduction day but failed to act until 72 hours later and by then it was too late. The girls have stayed with the terrorists too long not to be hypnotized by imposed religion and philosophy.
Anyone saying they (Chibok girls) will return is telling lies, maybe some of them will return to tell their story,” Mr. Obasanjo stated.
He also said the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the last presidential election is a blessing to Nigeria.
We tried, but with Jonathan, it was best that PDP should fail to save Nigeria,” Mr. Obasanjo said.
OBJ pointed out that Jonathan’s administration was inadequate especially in the fight against Boko Haram. On power generation, Mr Obasajo said there had been no significant improvements since he left office.
Power is still the same way I left it in 2007, railway is same way and other sectors, it was best that PDP stopped ruling us,” he said. It was a thing of joy to me that the earlier declaration of 50 years governance for PDP did not come to pass.”
Mr Obasanjo, who was in company with the Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Fadipe and other notable personalities, also took out time to take a swipe at Professor Wole Soyinka whom he described as an amateur politician.
Wole Soyinka is a patriotic Nigerian, he is a great man but his opinion regarding politics, he always misses it, I have nothing against him,” he said.
Mr. Obasanjo also stated that he did not have a godfather when he contested for president, admonishing young politicians to shun the act of depending on political fathers, rather they should face politics as it is. Justifying some of the decisions he took on education, OBJ says if given another chance, he would repeat the same decisions.
I have no regrets regarding the decisions I took in terms of education including removing free food in our institutions. We had 53 institutions when I came in 1999 but as at the time I left we had 150 institutions,” Mr Obasanjo explained. I prefer to have all persons in schools than to have some few persons simply enjoying free food.”