Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the federal government over its failure to effectively tackle the recovery of the kidnapped school girls by Boko Haram in Chibok Local Government, Borno state.
Obasanjo who was speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai said the government's response was slow, saying, "If that had happened maybe the girls would have been rescued. "The government did not believe that there had been an abduction for some time.”
He said the government could have avoided the situation and saved the girl but didn't recognise the threat posed by the terrorists.
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The former president revealed that it took President Goodluck Jonathan 18 days to contact the governor of Borno state after the abduction.
It will be recalled that the abduction of the over 200 young girls caused a widespread international protest and demand for the girls to be brought back home.
The kidnapping caused worldwide outcry, leading to public interventions by celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Malala Yyousafzai.
He opined that Boko Haram had grown from a local insurgency to a regional issue, spreading to neighbouring African states, and called all the African nations to combat it.
"It has become a regional issue and we have to deal with it regionally," Obasanjo concluded.
Meanwhile, the media director of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, recently accused the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, for ignoring security reports and the counsel of the Federal Government against holding the 2014 May/June West African Examination Council in Chibok before the school girls abduction.