President Muhammadu Buhari has criticised the handling of the Chibok abduction saga by the immediate past administration.
The President who hosted members of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG campaign group at the State House yesterday said the inability of the government to respond promptly to the incident and the conflicting information that came out of different government organs gave the country bad publicity in the international community.
Buhari noted that the last government’s incompetence in dealing with the issue was inexcusable.
“We cannot rationalize the government incompetence in dealing with this issue. We only ask for your patience. It’s unfortunate that the security and federal government’s conflicting reports initially presented the government and its agencies in a very bad light both nationally and internationally because the law enforcement agencies and the government were conflicting each other sometimes within hours or within weeks, that is not very impressive.”
President Buhari however said his administration has started well by facing the Boko Haram crises head-on and treating it as a matter of urgency.
He also hailed the G7 industrialized nations and the United Nations for showing interest in Nigeria’s security challenges.
The President added that, as part of his efforts to get Nigeria’s neighours fully involved in the battle against terrorists, he would visit Cameroun and Benin Republic after Ramadan.
Speaking earlier, former Minister of Education, Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to get the girls out and apologise to the country for allowing the girls to be kidnapped and failing to rescue them after over 400 days in captivity.
Among other demands, the group also urged government to set up an investigative panel to unravel the security lapses that caused the incident.
Also present at the meeting were other BBOG leaders, Adiza Bala Usman and Maryam Uwais.
Present on the side of government were Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Musa Laura among others.