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Abdulazeez Adeshina
National Open University of Nigeria
Bsc. Economics
200Level, Nigeria.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says there is a sense of worry among Nigerians regarding the neutrality of government agencies that will take part in the conduct of the 2019 general elections .

Jonathan , however , said he had faith in the Independent National Electoral Commission , the Nigeria Police Force , the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services to do well .

Jonathan President said this during an interview on BBC .

He said , “ We are a bit worried about the neutrality of the relevant agencies of government because with previous elections , I was not in the field .

Of course , after every election , people will complain naturally but those are the areas people are getting worried but I believe the elections will come and go and those bodies - INEC , the police, the army and the DSS will be able to do well . ”

On the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok by Boko Haram in 2014, Jonathan said he could not take the blame for the incident.

Jonathan said rather , Boko Haram should be blamed for the abduction of the girls in 2014 because as a President he could not go to the battlefield to fight insurgents .

The former President said this during an interview on BBC .

He said , “ I cannot take responsibility for the abduction , I don’ t control Boko Haram .

They are criminals . But as a President , of course you know it is not the President that goes to the field. You have security and intelligence officers that do the work .

“ Let me admit that yes , maybe they did their best but their best was not good enough for us to recover the girls. That I cannot say I am right or I am wrong. That does not mean I am trying to remove myself from any blame .

“ I may not be blamed for the action but I could be blamed that my security intelligence system was not strong enough to rescue the girls . If I as a politician could tell the whole world that my political ambition for any office is not worth the blood of a single Nigerian, how would I be happy that girls have been kidnapped? I am not that kind of character. ”

The former President also lamented the way the Chibok issue was politicised .

He wondered why the First Lady of the United States would take part in carrying a ‘ Bring Back Our Girls’ placard .

Jonathan said , “ Immediately the Chibok issue came up, we expected Nigerians to be concerned about how to get these girls out .

Within a couple of days, we saw people going to the US with ‘ Bring Back Our Girls’ placards. How ? Why ? And of course , Mrs . Obama received one of those placards. ”

The former President reiterated his concern over the supposed interference of President Barack Obama during the build- up to the 2015 general elections .

Jonathan questioned the rationale behind the visit of US Secretary of State , John Kerry , to Nigeria on the eve of the elections , adding that such an interference should not be swept under the carpet .

He said , “ The level of interference by the Obama government was very overwhelming . It is not as if I could not have won the election even with that . If by my own thinking and also the way other people looked at it , they go outside the normal diplomatic relationship, then it should be
mentioned.

“ Sending that person to Nigeria on the eve of elections even after Obama had issued a statement directing Nigerians to vote for the next chapter , that tells you something and we should not sweep these things under the carpet .

“ If a foreign country whether African country or America interferes with our own elections , we should mention it. ”


Source:- punchng.com/i-cannot-take-responsibility-for-chibok-girls-abduction-jonathan/

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