Former President Olusegun Obasanjo who revealed ways on how the abducted Chibok can be rescued on May 28 after a close door meeting with some Islamic clerics and negotiators with Boko Haram on Thursday warned the Nigerian military not to “play Public Relations propaganda” with the abduction of the school girls.
Obasanjo who made this warning in a Channels Television news reacted to the claims made by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, that the Nigerian military have the located where the girls are being held captive by the sects.
He said: “This is not an issue that you will play public relations propaganda with.
“It is a serious issue that is like a spear in the heart of the parents and whatever statement we make and action we take, if it will not really deal with the issue in a way that will bring those girls out safe and secure and make their families happy and will also give every Nigerian a sense of security, then such statements should not be made,” he said.
He said that he would be pleasantly surprised if the Chibok girls were “returned intact.”
Obasanjo while speaking on why he did not inform the President of his palns to hold a meeting on the rescue mission of the Chibok girls said: he "was surprised at how certain meetings have turned out.” “I cannot have a plan without the Presidency being involved”.
He added that he was not “going on a one -man mission,” to rescue the kidnapped girls, insisting that doing so would be “idiotic.”
Obasanjo also reacted to President Jonathan’s allegation that the abduction of the girls was done to bring down his government said such thought was “unfortunate.”
“If the Presidency is obsessed with one thing and one thing only and any other thing of concern to Nigeria is secondary then the Presidency will take that position, then this will be unfortunate,” he said.