Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday while speaking to newsmen in the state’s government house, poured encomiums on the former president, asserting beliefs that the Chibok girls would have been rescued if he were the president at the time the insurgents seized the 279 girls from their hostels.
Governor Shettima in his address to the former president described him as a man with rare courage, also citing that his role in the civil war, stint as a military head of state
and his administration as a civilian president between 1999- 2007 showed clearly his commitment towards national development in the country.
The governor regretted that former President Jonathan, who was in charge when the girls were taken, only phoned him 19 days after the seizure of the innocent children. The governor said the former President neither sympathised nor empathised with his government over the abduction of the girls.
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The governor said: “In our own case, Your Excellency, after the Chibok abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014, it took 19 days for me to receive a call from the Presidency.
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“I brought this mainly to show the difference, because we will only appreciate scenarios when we make comparisons,’’ Shettima said.