BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
SPECIAL Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr Kingsley Kuku, yesterday accused North-East leaders of being economical with the truth over the actual number of the missing Chibok school girls.
Noting that the Americans have used their Drones to conduct search for over one month without finding the abducted girls, Kuku, who spoke while delivering a lecture entitled “Challenging Current Security Issues For National Transformation: The Way Forward”, at the 10th Convocation ceremony of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City.
He alleged that the plot of those opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan was to continue to cause confusion and create a state of war, asserting however that the President will run for a second term no matter the threats.
He lamented that North-East leaders have failed to find solution to the insecurity problem in the region, recalling that during the militancy era in the Niger Delta and the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) struggle in the West, Niger Delta and Yoruba leaders met with leaders of the groups and stopped the crises in their various areas, wondering why it has been difficult for Northern leaders to stop the Boko Haram insurgency.
His words: “Look at the issue of Chibok girls: they said they were 273 writing Physics, all the girls in one common village called Chibok. I am from Ondo state and our only resource is education. Let us think well, I am not saying that there are no Chibok girls. But in your own village where education is revered, since 1970, have you really seen 50 girls writing Physics in one day? Let us think about it, 273 girls writing Physics; that means there is need for science in Nigeria.
“I used to join the protest ‘Boko Haram release our girls’ but I got home and thought about it. The next thing America started abusing us, they even made American First lady to join the protest but later she stopped. And Americans came and started complaining that we don’t have equipment to search for the girls, then the President said okay please come and help us.
“They roamed the airspace and for over one month Drones were used but they could not find one girl. And I replied Senator Mccain, who was describing our President as one guy, and I told him, ‘your country came but could not find traces of these girls for one month so what are you saying?’ I said, please America come back and find these girls for us you are our father. They said they could not wait again and they left.
“And as at that time, the government of Russia made a statement on the internet that they will not waste time to join in this dream journey and that if Nigeria was serious and the international community wanted the truth that they should see what exactly was happening in the premises of the government of Borno State. People underplayed that statement but the whole world came and the girls are yet to be found.
“In Abia state today, the highest enrollment for WAEC, we assessed Umuahia which is the capital, we did not go to a community like my community, we did not find 70 students enrolling for Physics in a school but in Chibok, a community I first heard in my life when this incident happened, we saw 273. Then you can see the gimmick, they will come up to say seven came out, they escaped.
“After two weeks they said another seven ran out of the bush. And the first lady of this country tried to move into the matter Nigerians started abusing her that she was not a mother. We like abusing First ladies in this country, now she has kept quiet, go to the internet they have started complaining that she is not talking again. Then when she speaks they will say she talks too much.”