- A video clip of Governor El-Rufai criticising Goodluck Jonathan for not negotiating the release of Chibok schoolgirls has gone viral
- El-Rufai, who was at that time a member of the opposition party, described the administration of Jonathan as incompetent
- Nigerians have reacted to the video as El-Rufai has insisted that his government will not negotiate with bandits
Following the abduction of a number of students from secondary schools and universities in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ruled out the option of negotiating with bandits in order to secure their release.
However, El-Rufai before becoming a governor had said, in a situation when the lives of citizens are at risk he was in support of taking every available option.
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The governor as an opposition member back in 2014, was one of the prominent personalities who criticised the government of former president Jonathan shortly after the incident occurred.
In the clip, El-Rufai explained that if one of the abducted Chibok girls was Jonathan's daughter the situation would have been different.
He further berated the administration, saying no option should be taken off the table when the lives of citizens are in danger.
He was quoted as saying:
"If one of these girls were Jonathan daughter the story would be different. The only reason why these girls are still in captivity because they're not the daughters of any important man in Nigeria and we know it.
“I am in support of every option, when you have the lives of your citizens at risk, you should not have any option off the table. You should be flexible, you should listen.”
The video shared on Facebook has been drawing reactions, with over 100 comments at the time of filing this report.
Legit.ng curates some of the comments below:
Abdulnasir Mohammed said:
"Look at how this shameless leaders contradict themselves! Over 29 students are being held captives under your watch for over 2 months now and you are not putting all the options on the table by insisting you will not negotiate with the bandits. If l may ask you is it because your child is not among those unfortunate students?"
"Why didn't he negotiate for d girls adopted in his state as governor?"
Naseer Yusuf said:
"This life bah, people should be mindful of what they say because is obvious things are hit back."
Hope Evweramhre said:
"This tells us the kind people we have in leadership position in this country. So pathetic. We all say Jonathan was a failure now we have perfectionist still no tangible result."
Chia Dookuma said:
"He is now saying no one should negotiate with bandits in his state."
Mafibrid Bright said:
"He was Young When He said it, Now He has Denounce what he said, some years back. let us forgive him... Babu Is Working, Nigeria is Working, Northern Govt Is Working.... Wahala every where."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that bandits behind the abduction of some students of Greenfield University, a Kaduna-based private-owned institution, reportedly contacted their parents and demanded a collective ransom of N800 million.
The bandits threatened to kill the students if the ransom is not paid, noting that negotiation of the ransom was already ongoing.