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Chibok girls: Islamic group sends message to Jonathan

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to apologise for his handling of the Chibok girls abduction.

276 Chibok girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 15, 2014.

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Recently, former British Prime Minister David Cameron had accused Jonathan of frustrating the attempt by British special forces to rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

The former Nigerian leader has since denied the allegation.

In a statement on Friday by MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Islamic organization urged Jonathan to explain why he “politicized the issue instead of springing to action”.

“He refused to give orders to the military to go after the kidnappers. Instead, he called the kidnap story a ruse designed to discredit his administration. He said it never occurred.

“So Jonathan should leave the Cameron angle aside. Cameron was far away in NO. 10 Downing Street when the hoodlums kidnapped our girls. Jonathan was right here in Aso Rock, wining and dining and refusing to act while Madam Patience Jonathan was trying to puncture the veracity of the incident with her ‘diaris God oooo’.

“Had Jonathan sprang to action immediately after the abduction like a real Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the calamity would have been reversed but he delayed action until it was too late. His lackadaisical approach in those crucial moments allowed the insurgents to dig in.

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“He gave Boko Haram an excruciatingly painful 21-day respite which enabled them to take the innocent girls deep into the forest. It was a serious dereliction of duty and an indubitably impeachable offence in a proactive parliamentary democracy. Unfortunately our lawmakers were on sabbatical.

“The best Jonathan can do now is to apologise to Nigerians for the Chibok debacle. Jonathan should just swallow his pride and eat the humble pie. There are no two ways to it. An unreserved apology is what Nigerians are expecting and we will keep pounding the ex-president until he does the needful.

“We are concerned because that abduction emboldened the insurgents, exposed our underbelly and endangered Nigerian citizens to more criminalities. It was a huge blow to our security apparatus.”

The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to double government’s efforts to rescue the girls from captivity.

MURIC further urged Nigerians to intensify their prayers for the safe return of the Chibok girls.

“We must also remember Leah Sharibu, the lone Christian girl who was denied freedom by the insurgents”, it added


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