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Published On: Sun, Dec 28th, 2014

Why Jonathan didn’t visit Chibok – Tanko Yakasai

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tank-yakasai_1From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

Elder statesman who is also Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai on Saturday stated reasons why President Goodluck Jonathan didn’t visit Chibok when over 200 school girls were kidnapped by insurgents months ago.

According to him, it was too risky for President Jonathan to visit the town at that time because of the insecurity in the area.

It could be recalled that over 200 students were kidnapped by insurgents from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok located at Borno State North-Eastern part of the country.

The kidnap of the schools girls led to uproar worldwide with civil right groups and international communities calling on federal government to rescue the girls from their abductors which the government failed to do.

Despite the call, President Jonathan refused to visit the school where the girls were kidnapped and that led to criticism of his administration.

But Alhaji Tanko Yakasai in a popular FRCN Radio Hausa Programme “Hannu da Yawa” monitored in Kaduna, said soldiers were the right people to be sent to that town and not the president.

“Why I think the president decision not to visit the area was not bad is because we were all aware of the deteriorated level of insecurity in that part of the country. We all know it’s too risky for the president to visit Chibok at that time. The President is not a soldier; soldiers are the people that should be sent there.

“If I was the president and such an incident occur the right thing for me to do was to send soldiers and to be frank our soldiers are doing their best. We are hearing on radio and read on paper how soldiers were being killed but yet they are doing their best.”

He called on Nigerians to continue advise government on ways to end the killings in the north east as he appealed to Muslims and Christians to continue praying for the cooperate existence of the country.

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