BY ALIU DANGIDA
Former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
Obasanjo spoke in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the state government on the adoption of a junior secondary school and a primary school in Kudai, Dutse.
Obasanjo, however, faulted Federal Government for its lackadaisical attitude towards saving the lives of the abducted students.
Speaking shortly after the signing of MoU between Jigawa State government and Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, at Government House, Dutse, Chief Obasanjo said the delay by the government over the matter led to their being moved away from the school, adding that if urgent rescue action was taken, the girls could have been saved from their current hardship.
“The Federal Government could have acted quickly when the news broke so as to save the innocent girls, but nothing was done,” he lamented.
Obasanjo described the abduction of the girls as unfortunate and pathetic, considering the future of their lives.
“Their future is significant as such everything possible must be done to rescue them,” he said.
He, howeverm said that, “whatever might have been the grievances of the group of people behind the adoption of these girls, whatever might have been their anger or objectives, it was uncalled for, considering the importance of these girls.”
He said his foundation has established itself in four countries in Africa among which Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana are beneficiaries.
Governor Sule Lamido thanked the former president for his wisdom in establishing of his foundation.