Chibok girls: You Don’t Need Jonathan’s Approval To Engage Boko Haram – FG Replies Obasanjo

obj-and-jonathanThe co-ordinator of the National Information Centre and DG National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri, yesterday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo does not need any clearance from President Goodluck Jonathan before engaging in dialogue with Boko Haram over the release of the more than 200 school girls abducted by the sect.

He said the Federal Government will be happy to receive suggestions from Nigerians on how to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

Omeri, who spoke in Abuja at the daily briefing, said he wondered why the ex-president would be waiting for any formal approval from President Goodluck Jonathan when, in actual sense, he had unrestricted access to him (Jonathan).

Omeri, who expressed surprise at the development said “the government has not stopped any individual who has access to the sect not to come forward and intervene in this matter.

“In our last briefing, we reiterated that there are three options opened to the government to find these abducted girls, and the first is that any individual with access to the sect should help the government in securing the release of the girls. Second is for the army, in collaboration with our international allies, to secure their release and for the insurgents to voluntarily release the girls.

“If he actually said so, that means he has superior equipment to those of the government and its allies.

“Besides, as a respectable statesman and a former President, I think he has unfettered access to the President to discuss this. I don’t think the pages of newspapers are the appropriate avenue to make the claims that he has access to the insurgents. I sincerely don’t understand this”, he said.

Omeri said surveillance and patrols by land and air of troops are still ongoing in the entire mission area of the North East and other parts of the federation to curtail the activities of terrorists and armed groups.

“There have been occasional encounters necessitating continous cordon and search in many locations”, he said

“In the same vein, consultations and contacts are still on-going with partners who have offered to support Nigeria’s endeavours to resolve the issues on the abduction of the Chibok girls as well as terrorism generally.

“Against this backdrop, the Nigerian military is in discussion with its counterpart from Sri Lanka in addition to other countries”, the NOA DG said.

5 COMMENTS

  1. It astounds and stupefies me to hear My Hon. Cheif, a fomer President and an elderly stateman to still say he needs FG’s special approval to save d entire nation of d manace of insurgency bewildering her.
    What Nigeria and Nigerians need now is a Saviour for swift safety and security and not an undue legal permit that tends to slow reactions and thereby, prolonging insurgent actions.
    Let Baba do whatever thing he thinks is in the best interest of the populace beause the actaul people suffering from most of the vicious attacks are the poor masses and not the people in the presidency itself.

  2. It astounds and stupefies me to hear My Hon. Cheif, a fomer President and an elderly stateman to still say he needs FG’s special approval to save d entire nation of d menace of insurgency bewildering her.
    What Nigeria and Nigerians need now is a Saviour for swift safety and security and not an undue legal permit that tends to slow reactions and thereby, prolonging insurgent actions.
    Let Baba do whatever thing he thinks is in the best interest of the populace beause the actaul people suffering from most of the vicious attacks are the poor masses and not the people in the presidency itself.

  3. Baba knows that the Boko Haram episode was concocted by PDP to create chaos in a large voting block that will not vote for him. Also, they are using the military operation to stash money for election. That is why the boys are not being supported with fighting tools. He does not want to disturb their chop chop. PDP and Jonathan can stop this mess if they want.

  4. Baba knows that the Boko Haram episode was concocted by PDP to create chaos in a large voting block that will not vote for him. Also, they are using the military operation to stash money for election. That is why the boys are not being supported with fighting tools. He does not want to disturb their chop chop. PDP and Jonathan can stop this mess if they want. Baba knows the game too well. He needs to take permission before he is ridiculed as an intruder.

  5. Who is federal govt? President Jonathan that Nigerians voted for or the political appointees or pdp? Fed govt say every time.I have not heard it like that from America.why is president Jonathan not speaking to us when it matters most? When Obama is speaking the whole world listens.It is more powerful and weighty when the president speaks to us than those hirerers who are working for their belly.we know of John Kerry who is secretary of states of America who mostly speak on international matters.Apart from that,how many people know the minister of information to Obama in America? It was Moses that God called and commissiond and sent not Joshua,so God was speaking to Moses while Moses speaks to people of Israel.Don’t our president know how to talk? Rulership is by talking to the people.So who is rulling us in Nigeria president Jonathan,hired orators or party leaders?

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