- Says former Prime Minister attacking him for disapproving same-sex marriage
- You’re habitually negligent, APC tells ex-president
- As group marks 2000 days in captivity for 112 Chibokgirls
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has refuted a claim by a former British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, that his administration rejected an offer by the United Kingdom to rescue the Chibok schoolgirls, who were kidnapped in April 2014 by Boko Haram.
Jonathan, who disputed the statement in a Facebook post, said there was no truth in what the former British Prime Minister said, adding that the only reason Cameron was after him was because he disapproved of same-sex marriage, which he (Cameron) and his other western allies had prevailed upon him to embrace the same-sex marriage proposal, which he turned down in good conscience.
But commenting on the exchange between Jonathan and Cameron, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the former president shouldn’t have responded to Cameron’s allegation, because Nigerians already knew the story of Jonathan’s habitual negligence to important matters of state.
This, however, came at a time a group, Enough Is Enough in conjunction with the Bring Back Our Girls Family, marked 2000 days yesterday that the remaining 112 Chibokgirls had remained in the captivity of their abductors.
Cameron in his new book, ‘For the Record’, had faulted Jonathan’s handling of the operations to rescue the Chibokgirls by Boko Haram in 2014.
He accused Jonathan of “sleeping on the wheel” while the terrorists struck in Borno, noting that his administration also rejected the British offer to help in the rescue of the Chibokgirls, while at the same time, accused the Jonatha administration of corruption.
But Jonathan had immediately disputed Cameron’s claim, saying, “It is quite sad that Mr. Cameron would say this because nothing of such ever occurred” and urged that the allegation should be discountenanced because it was patently false.
“As President of Nigeria, I not only wrote letters to then Prime Minister David Cameron, I also wrote to the then US President, Barrack Obama, and the then French President, François Hollande, as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appealing to them for help in rescuing the Chibok Girls.”