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Chibok Girls UK says Jonathan never rejected help to rescue kidnapped girls

The denial was made public by the British High Commission in Abuja on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 via a an official statement.

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan

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The United Kingdom has debunked the tail that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan rejected the offer to help free kidnapped Chibok Girls.

The denial was made public by the British High Commission in Abuja on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 via a an official statement.

The British High Commission said the allegation that the British Royal Armed Force was over the area for a number of months and actually located the girls within weeks, but the Nigerian government under former President Jonathan turned down its offer to rescue the girls, “was false”.

The statement further said “a more cordial, collaborative and unified approach between Nigeria and her allies than the reported differences was used”.

The statement added: “UK worked with the US and France to provide a range of military and intelligence support to the Nigerian government in their search (for the Chibok girls), and in fact, a wider effort to address the longer term challenge of terrorism.

“But importantly, we won’t comment on specific additional details, which is a matter for the Nigerian government and the military.

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The UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft, dismissed the allegation when the question was put forward to him during a press briefing on Monday.

The British High Commissioner briefed me on that today (Monday) and said that the allegations are not true,” Rycroft said.

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