Former president Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has categorically said that nobody can rescue the missing Chibok girls, Leadership reports.

The one time military ruler, who made this startling revelation while responding to questions during a programme tagged: ‘7th Roundtable with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’ focusing on the theme: ‘Reflections Of An Elder Statesman: An Evening With OBJ’ organised by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, noted that promises to recover the girls could not be fulfilled considering the length of time they have been away with the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

He said: “Seventy-two hours after the Chibok girls were adopted was too late for their rescue, talk less of getting to two years by April this year. So if any leader is promising to bring back Chibok girls now, he is lying.”

While attributing the loss of the young girls to the nonchalant attitude of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Obasanjo stated that anybody who has promised to bring back the missing Chibok girls almost two years after their abduction, was not sincere.

Stating that majority of the girls would have died or some others married off, the Owu high chief stressed that sexual violence and human trafficking would have affected others.

Obasanjo further urged budding politicians to disregard political godfathers but work hard to gain recognition and not get their hands dirty and their feet wet before major opportunities come their ways in politics.

He said: “You have to get your hands dirty and your feet wet in politics before you can make it. So, I admonish you to work hard in order to gain ground and not rely on godfathers because I never had any” while also commending the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.

On the lingering discord between him and Nobel Laurete, Professor Wole Soyinka, the ex-president said Soyinka “Is no man to be trusted. I will trust Wole Soyinka as an ‘aparo hunter’ rather than trusting him as a political analyst. I have no issue with him.”

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