Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has revealed that it took former President Goodluck Jonathan 19 days before he could call to find out about the 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
Shettima, said Jonathan, who was the President at the time of the mass abduction, only called three weeks later, after the incident has generated global outrage.
The Borno State governor made the revelation at the State’s Government House in Maiduguri , the state capital when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who is on a two days working visit to University of Maiduguri, paid him a courtesy visit.
Obasanjo was on a visit to Borno on the invitation of the University of Maiduguri as part of the institution’s 40th anniversary celebration.
Trying to draw a comparison between the leadership style of Obasanjo and Jonathan, Shettima believed Obasanjo would have handled the issue of the kidnapping differently were he to be the nation’s President at the time.
He stated, “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.”
The governor recalled that the current Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was a top member of the All Progressives Congress in 2014, hailed Obasanjo’s leadership qualities in a conversation after the mass abduction.
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