Sunday, 7 February 2016

It is too late to bring back the over 200
abducted Chibok girls, former President
Olusegun Obasanjo declared yesterday.
He stated that any of the nation’s leaders
promising the return of the teenage girls is
simply lying.
Obasanjo spoke at an interactive programme of
the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife Staff Club
tagged Reflections of an elder statesman: An
evening with OBJ.
He declared emphatically that searching for the
Chibok girls will amount to an effort in futility
because “nobody can bring back the girls for
they are nowhere to be found.”
According to him: “So if any leader is promising
to bring back Chibok girls, he is lying. Majority of
these girls would have died, while those alive
would have married, sexual violence and human
traffic would have affected others.
“Nigerian leaders should stop deceiving the
populace as Chibok girls cannot return again.
“The disappearance of the Chibok girls is as a
result of non challant attitude of the previous
leaders who did not swing to action immediately,
which constituted impediment to their return.
“72 hours after the Chibok girls were adopted
was too late for their rescue, talk less getting to
two years by April.”
On his celebrated ongoing feud with Nobel
Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, the former
president, said the acclaimed writer cannot be
He said: “I will trust Wole Soyinka as an “aparo
hunter” (partridge hunter) than trusting him as a
political analyst. I have no issue with him.”
On why he refused as President to release fund
appropriated by the National Assembly for its
members, Obasanjo said: “You don’t know so
many things that transpired during my
administration. So many things were not
resolved, so don’t attack my intelligence and
On the fate of political Science graduates in
mainstream politics, the former President
advised them not to rely on godfatherism but
work hard to gain grounds.
He said he did not have any godfather,
maintaining that politicians get “their hands dirty
and their feet wet” before major opportunities
come their ways in politics.
“You have to get your hands dirty and your feet
wet in politics before you can make it. So, I
admonish you (students) to work hard in order
to gain ground and not rely on godfatherism
because I never had any godfather,” he said.
Obasanjo, who commended President
Muhammadu Buhari for fighting corruption,
charged Nigerians to support him to succeed.


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