Goodluck Jonathan Debunks UK Guardian Newspaper Report That His Administration Rejected British Offer To Rescue Chibok Girls
Former Nigerian president Dr Goodluck Jonathan has denied report by UK newspaper, his administration rejected offer by British forces to rescue the Chibok girls
Here below is a statement issued on Sunday by Dr Jonathan's media aide debunking that claim.
"We can confidently say that the lies in this report are self evident. This is because the international press as well as the Nigeria media actively covered the multinational efforts and collaboration which involved some of the major powers deploying their crack intelligence officers to work with our own security operatives, and those of our neighbours.
"In the course of the mission, the international team, including members from Nigeria’s neighbours of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, met regularly with our own operatives to plan and conduct their operations.
"In fact, the Jonathan administration was so genuinely supportive that the foreign powers involved were granted permission to overfly our airspace, while conducting the search and rescue missions.
“We would wish to recall that this collaboration was made possible following letters personally written by former President Jonathan to President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Mr. David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as well as personal contacts made to the Governments of Israel and China, seeking their assistance in the search for the abducted Chibok girls.
“We are however not surprised that this kind of concocted story is coming out at this point in time, as it appears that some people who have obviously been playing politics with the issue of the Chibok girls will stop at nothing to further their interest.
"Again we ask the newspapers to always cross-check their facts before rushing to publish false information, especially when being spread by those who want to unfairly promote their own pride, against our own national interest