Former British Prime Minister, David Cameron has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of frustrating Britain’s effort to release the Chibok girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.
David Cameron said this in his memoirs titled “for the record”. He accused former President Jonathan of politicizing the chibok incident.
Cameron said the British troops got the location of where the terrorist group had hidden the girls.
However, he said, the Nigerian President seemed to be ” sleeping on the wheels” and took no action.
“As ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign spread across the world, we embedded a team of military and intelligence experts in Nigeria, and sent spy planes and Tornadoes with thermal imaging to search for the missing girls. And, amazingly, from the skies above a forest three times the size of Wales, we managed to locate some of them.”
“But Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, seemed to be asleep at the wheel. When he eventually made a statement, it was to accuse the campaigners of politicizing the tragedy. And absolutely crucially, when we offered to help rescue the girls we had located, he refused, ” he wrote.
David Cameron also explained that the reason the Nigerian Army couldn’t join the operations of the United States and United Kingdom forces in rescuing the girls was because of “politically appointed generals”.
Cameron said he felt “depressed” by the noncompliance of the Nigerian government despite the fact that Boko Haram was growing stronger by the day.
He also wrote on how the British Government engaged the Archbishop of Canterbury to aid in rescuing the girls.
“We had to play the long game focusing on a much bigger training effort for the Nigerian military and intelligence forces and trying to promote more energetic leaders from the younger generation. The Archbishop of Canterbury, as an expert on Nigeria, could be particularly useful on this and I invited him to join our NSC discussion,” he wrote.
“Some of the girls have managed to escape over the following four years, and others have been released, but over a hundred are still missing. Once again. the combination of Islamist extremism and bad governance proved fatal.”
“How did I feel about all this at the end of 2014? The answer is, depressed.”
Meanwhile, former President Jonathan has reacted to David Cameron’s memoirs. Jonathan said the words of Cameron should be taken with “a grain of salt” as they are full of lies.
The spokesman to the former president, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze released a statement on his behalf.
“I would urge the public to take Mr. Cameron’s accusations with a grain of salt. I will not be the first person to accuse him of lying on account of this book, and with the reactions in the UK so far, I definitely will not be the last,” Mr. Eze said.
It can be recalled that on 14 April 2014, the infamous terrorist group Boko Haram, kidnapped 276 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
Muhammadu Buhari led administration was able to secure the release of over 100 of them, while 57 escaped the terrorist’s den.
However, five years later, about 112 girls can’t be unaccounted for.