Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has appealed to the Islamist sect group Boko Haram to release the Chibok schoolgirls unconditionallywithout any condition, because the girls, according to him, were innocent and should not be made to suffer unreasonably.
Obasanjo made the appeal during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jigawa government to adopt a junior secondary school and a primary school in Kudai, Dutse.
He faulted the Federal Government for its slow reaction in the rescue of the abducted girls from their captors.
“A stitch in time saves nine,” he said, adding that “perhaps if there had been a stitch in time, those girls would not have been abducted.”
“Maybe if we had asked for assistance much earlier, this would have been prevented,” he said.
He however prayed that the rescue attempt would be fruitful.
Obasanjo added that “whatever the grievances, objectives and anger of this group of people who are behind this abduction, they should not have acted on these innocent girls.
“We condemn their action and also appeal to them to release these girls unconditionally, because they have important contributions for the future of this country.”
The former president sympathised with the parents of the girls, but added that people should not be discouraged to send their female children to school.