Former President Goodluck Jonathan was asked by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) to apologize for his handling of the abduction of Chibok girls
276 On 15 April 2014, Chibok girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron recently accused Jonathan of undermining British special forces ‘ attempt to rescue the kidnapped girls from Chibok.
In a statement by Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Director on Friday, the Islamic organization urged Jonathan to clarify why he “politicized the issue rather than springing into action.”
“He refused to give orders to the military to go after the kidnappers. Instead, he called the kidnap story a ruse designed to discredit his administration. He said it never occurred.
“So Jonathan should leave the Cameron angle aside. Cameron was far away in NO. 10 Downing Street when the hoodlums kidnapped our girls. Jonathan was right here in Aso Rock, wining and dining and refusing to act while Madam Patience Jonathan was trying to puncture the veracity of the incident with her ‘diaris God oooo’.
“Had Jonathan sprang to action immediately after the abduction like a real Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the calamity would have been reversed but he delayed action until it was too late. His lackadaisical approach in those crucial moments allowed the insurgents to dig in.
“He gave Boko Haram an excruciatingly painful 21-day respite which enabled them to take the innocent girls deep into the forest. It was a serious dereliction of duty and an indubitably impeachable offence in a proactive parliamentary democracy. Unfortunately our lawmakers were on sabbatical.
“The best Jonathan can do now is to apologise to Nigerians for the Chibok debacle. Jonathan should just swallow his pride and eat the humble pie. There are no two ways to it. An unreserved apology is what Nigerians are expecting and we will keep pounding the ex-president until he does the needful.
“We are concerned because that abduction emboldened the insurgents, exposed our underbelly and endangered Nigerian citizens to more criminalities. It was a huge blow to our security apparatus.”
The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to double government’s efforts to rescue the girls from captivity.
MURIC further urged Nigerians to intensify their prayers for the safe return of the Chibok girls.
“We must also remember Leah Sharibu, the lone Christian girl who was denied freedom by the insurgents”, it added