In another stunning revelation, a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan claims he secured the release of some Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.
The former media aide to Jonathan, Reuben Abati, disclosed this on a show he anchored on ARISE TV, where he interviewed Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, on the show and disclosed that Sambo Dasuki, the then national security adviser (NSA), advised the government against making the release public.
He said: “There was headway. We rescued many of the girls but the advice from the NSA at the time was that we should not publicise it because of the identities of those girls. I witnessed it on many occasions. Those girls were brought to the president.
“He met with them. In fact, some of them were sent to schools in the United States and United Kingdom. There were strict instructions not to publicise it because government thought that the identities of those girls should not be exposed. But l saw you guys making a dance out of the ones you rescued.
“In our time, we rescued some girls but we were under strict instruction not to publicise it. Check the records. The DSS, the intelligence agency, you should ask them. They will have the records.”
Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno state on April 14, 2014.
The Buhari administration has since secured the release of 163 of the girls have been returned, with over 100 still in the custody of the terrorist group.