By Oladipupo Mojeed
Former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Electronic Media, Reno Omokri, has denied claims that the former President rejected help from Britain in an effort to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
Reno, in a reply article titled, “Response to The Guardian of UK and Nigeria’s Minister of Information,” said contrary to the claims, Jonathan did seek the assistance of the British Government and the international community in general.
“My attention has been drawn to a report in the Guardian of the UK alleging that the former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan rebuffed efforts by the British military to rescue the kidnapped Chibok Girls sometime in 2014.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth. And to prove that this story from the Guardian is untrue, the international community will recall that when a Boko Haram affiliate kidnapped a Briton and an Italian, Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara, from Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi state of Nigeria, then President Jonathan personally authorized British Special Forces from the British Military Special Boat Service, to attempt a rescue mission in Sokoto state on the 8th of March, 2012 a full two years before the Chibok Girls Saga.
He also said the British Military sent boots to the ground who were given full and unhindered cooperation by both the then Nigerian government and the Nigerian military.
“This already shows that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had set a precedence of allowing British Military Forces operate in Nigeria to rescue hostages.
”This proves that not only is The Guardian story untrue, but it was not well researched.
”Why would then President Jonathan approve that operation and rebuff the other?
”The international community is reminded that it is public knowledge that then President Goodluck Jonathan wrote letters to the trio of then US President, Barack Obama, then British Prime Minister, David Cameron and French President, François Hollande, asking them for precisely what The Guardian says he refused, help in rescuing the Chibok Girls.
Opinions are subjective but facts are sacred.
In his response to the claims of minister of information, Lai Mohammed, who said that Jonathan’s Administration did nothing for all of 15 days or make any determined efforts to rescue the kidnapped Chibok Girls, he said opinions are subjective but facts are sacred.
“My response to his lies is as follows. Opinions are subjective but facts are sacred.
“The facts are that then President Jonathan immediately sprung to action to rescue the kidnapped Chibok Girls and it was precisely the fallacious Lai Mohammed, whose words I caution the international community to take with a pinch of salt, that attempted to frustrate the efforts by the then government to rescue the girls,” he said.