Obasanjo made the comment on Friday, February 5, 2016, while speaking at an event at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Obasanjo made the comment on Friday, February 5, 2016, while speaking at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Premium Times reports.
“The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction but failed to act until 72 hours later and by then it was too late,” Obasanjo said.
“Anyone saying they (Chibok girls) will return is telling lies, maybe some of them will return to tell their story,” he added.
Obasanjo had expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with Rosie Collyer of Radio France Internationale (RFI) in 2014, the year the girls were abducted.
“We will never be able to get those girls again. And the story of those girls will go on for the next 30 years,” he said.
“Some of them will come out when they are adults or they will be sent back when they are pregnant by those who have captured them. If anyone is thinking of being able to get those girls released intact, he must be day dreaming,” he added.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently said, during a trip to France, that his government would rescue the missing girls alive.
The Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014 and most of them remain in captivity.