Monday, 6 March 2017

"I did Not Reject British Offer To Rescue Chibok Girls" - Jonathan

Nigeria's ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan has denied rejecting the British armed forces offer to resue the Chibok girls.

The Guardian had reported that the girls were located in the first few weeks of the RAF mission, but the Nigerian government declined under Jonathan declined the UK's offer to rescue the girls.

In a statement released by the Media Adviser to Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said the lies in the report were evident, adding that Nigerians knew every step taken by his administration to rescue the Chibok Girls.

He said  “In the course of the mission, the international team, including members from Nigeria’s neighbours of Chad, Niger and Cameroun, met regularly with our own intelligence officers to plan and conduct their operations.

“In fact, the Jonathan administration was so genuinely supportive that the foreign powers involved were granted permission to overfly our airspace, while conducting the search and rescue missions.”

Jonathan claimed to have written to some world leaders, including the former US President, Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande of France, and the former Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron.

He added: “We are, however, not surprised that this kind of concocted story is coming out at this point in time, as it appears that some people who have obviously been playing politics with the issue of the Chibok girls will stop at nothing to further their interest.”

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