7th February, 2016
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared on Saturday that the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, can no longer be found and that any leader promising their return is simply lying.
He stated this at an interactive programme of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife Staff Club tagged Reflections of an elder statesman: An evening with OBJ.
“Nobody can bring back the girls for they are nowhere to be found,” Obasanjo was reported to have saidabout the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram gunmen 663 days ago.
“So if any leader is promising to bring back Chibok girls, he is lying. Majority of these girls would have died, while those alive would have been married and others will be victims of sexual violence and human trafficking.
“Nigerian leaders should stop deceiving the populace as Chibok girls cannot return again.
“The disappearance of the Chibok girls is as a result of non challant attitude of the previous leaders who did not swing to action immediately, which constituted impediment to their return.
“72 hours after the Chibok girls were adopted was too late for their rescue, talk less getting to two years by April.”
*Read more in: The Nation