Chibok girls: APC backs Cameron
Says Jonathan was negligent
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress(APC), last night, spoke in defence of former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who in his new book, ‘For the Record’, accused former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan of neglect in his handling of the abducted students of Federal Government College, Chibok, Borno state.
The students were abducted by men of the terror group, Boko Haram in their hostels in 2014.
Cameron had alleged that the Jonathan administration rejected the help of the British Government in rescuing the 276 Chibok schoolgirls, an allegation the latter has since denied.
But the APC in a statement last night said the former President “shouldn’t have bothered about Cameron’s allegations, talk less denying it.”
APC national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu claimed Cameron was right as he declared that “Nigerians already know the story of Jonathan’s habitual negligence to matters of state.”
The APC said the indifference of the Jonathan administration to the plight of the Chibok girls was in public domain.
The statement further read in part: “The Chibok schoolgirls abduction and his “sleeping behind the wheel” is not a story to deny as it is already part of our national history. We may disagree on a number of issues in Nigeria, but there is a national consensus on the fact that PDP elevated corruption to a national culture.
“Denying or arguing against the truth is not going to change anything at this stage. The stories of outlandish corrupt practices under the PDP are still unravelling.
“What is important now is Jonathan explaining to the families of the abducted schoolgirls why as president, he did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok abductions and still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now except he continues to blame the Chibok abductions and other failings of his administration on the so-called grand conspiracy against him as he laboriously tries to state in his response to Cameron.
“The current administration’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping is a pointer to how a responsive government should act.
“That Jonathan government was corrupt was actually half of the story. The full story is that corruption hallmarked the successive 16 years administrations under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It is shameful that anyone is even defending it. Corruption is PDP’s political ideology. This fact is already cast in stone. Nigerians do not need Cameron or anyone else to tell us how corrupt and ineffectual the PDP era was.
“As a consequence, Nigerians voted out the PDP administration in 2015 and elected the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to clear the mess the 16-year PDP administration left the country. Our resolve to do just that is unshaken.”