Jonathan denies turning down British offer to rescue Chibok girls

Chibok girls

Nigeria’s Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, has denied a report by British newspaper, the Observer, that he rejected an offer by the the British military to rescue more than 270 school girls abducted by the Boko Haram.

According to the Observer’s report which was culled from its sister publication, the Guiardian, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in an operation code named, Operation Turus, spotted the girls during air reconnaissance over northern Nigeria weeks after they were kidnapped, but the Jonathan administration turned down an offer to rescue them.

“The girls were located in the first few weeks of the RAF mission. We offered to rescue them, but the Nigerian government declined,” a source involved in the operation told the Observer.

The source claimed that the girls were tracked by aircraft as they gradually broken into smaller groups over the following months.

Details of meetings between British and Nigerian officials, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, also indicated that the government rebuffed international offers to rescue the girls.

According to the newspaper, while the government accepted aid package and assistance from Western countries, such as France, the U.S. and the UK in locating the girls, it dismissed offers for actions to be taken by these countries to rescue the girls.

“Nigeria’s intelligence and military services must solve the ultimate problem,” Mr. Jonathan was quoted as saying in a meeting with the UK’s then Africa minister, Mark Simmonds, on 15 May 2014.

A document with the details of a meeting on September 2014 in Abuja between Nigeria’s national security adviser at the time, Sambo Dasuki, and a former British Under Secretary of State shows that Operation Turus had reached a point where rescue was being discussed.

But the Jonathan administration did not respond to offers for help on the type of equipment that might be used or how weapon system should be deployed, the newspaper said.

But in a statement released late on Sunday by Mr. Jonathan’s media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president dismissed the report as completely false.

He said the international collaboration to rescue the abducted girls involved neigbouring African countries such as Chad and Cameroon; adding that his administration was so supportive of the efforts that it allowed Western military to conduct reconnaissance flight over the country’s airspace.

“We can confidently say 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,” the statement explained.

The statement wondered why Mr. Jonathan would rebuff an offer to rescue the girls when he specifically wrote the leaders of some foreign power to assist in the searching for the abducted girls.

“We would wish to recall that this collaboration was made possible following letters personally written by former President Jonathan 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 Government of Israel and China, seeking their assistance in the search for the abducted Chibok girls.”

Boko Haram militias kidnapped the girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014. Some of them escaped in the days after the abduction. Twenty-one of them were freed by the sect after a deal with the government last October.

About 200 of the girls are still missing.


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  • Peter_Edo

    This is not news… What will be news will be when they drag the Port Harcourt Degree Holder to court for his shenanigans

    • government

      Hatred dey run belle.

  • Rommel

    We all know that the Jonathan administration and his disciples even as we speak do not believe that there were girls kidnapped from that school in Chibok so any attempt to deny we all know goes to show level duplicity that inglorious administration was involved in,unfortunately,when it comes to spokespersons and acting spokes persons for politically exposed dubious elements in Nigeria,they always go for some spokes persons of Igbo extraction,former VP Abubakar Atiku uses a certain mazi Paul Ibe,Fani Kayode uses another Igbo guy,here is Jonathan using another,senate president Saraki has one,something is wrong here,when did umu Igbo become hired propagandists and image enhancers?

    • Joe

      People are so mischievous if not why do Nigerians refused to consider the advice WAEC gave gov. Shettima not to conduct exam in that school and ask him questions?. What happened to the security gov.Shettima promised to provide for the chibok girls?. Just recently when the chibok 21 were allowed to go to their village for Christmas, one of them was interviewed by their pastor, and the lady told the pastor that they (chibok girls) were kept in a building in GRA in Maiduguri for one month before they were moved to gwoza and kept in a politician’s compound. The girl told the pastor that NAF hit the compound and killed some of them and that was when the boko haram divided them into 3 groups and shared them among themselves. One thing I know and sure of was that GEJ was a weak leader, and his political foes knows it very well and capitalized on his weakness to frustrate him. Gov Shettima was the chief planner and executioner of the abduction of chibok girls. The truth about Chibok will be known no matter how long it takes.

      • joe

        Could you post here any verifiable source (whatsoever) top back your fairy tale?

        • Joe

          I sent verifiable source of my information to you, unfortunately PT deleted them. Go to pointblank news, I will post the links for you. GEJ, Buhari, PDP, APC are same and one. Am concern when innocent people are being used for political gains.

          • thusspokez

            PT deleted them.

            Not PT but disqus!

      • elkana

        This is not surprising because the first public statement that Shettima made upon being re-elected in 2015 was that Boko Haram members should be given amnesty. Why is it that not even a single captured Boko Haram member has been prosecuted? Why is it that from the moment Buhari assumed office no more videos of Nigerian military attack against Boko Haram has been shown? The little that was done during Jonathan were available for all to see on YouTube.

    • joe

      There is also the Chukwu merija, Nzeribe, … fill the list up

  • Höly Wähala

    Dr. Dumbo again with a watery rebuttal after misunderstanding the contents of the British newspapers’ reports. Nobody is saying the past Administration did not pay lip-service to the int’l efforts being made at the time, the points the British are claiming is that after locating the girls and seeking permission to rescue them, Dumbo rejected the coalition’s gesture by claiming the Nigerian military were able and capable of securing freedom for the kidnapped schoolgirls. He needed them in captivity to continue milking their predicament for graft (evidenced by Sambo Dasuki’s revelations) and cheap political capital… Dumbo and PDP’s wicked permutation was to write-off an entire NE zone heading into the 2015 general elections therewith, decimating any Northern candidate’s chances of de-throning him (Dumbo) from power. Bottom line, between the Brits and Dr. Jona Dumbo I will take the English version of what took place and place Dumbo in the docks at the ICC for Crimes Against Humanity… Shikena!

    • Julius

      Here, here bro ..100% !

    • thusspokez

      Gosh! I pity some of you Nigerians: So ignorant and deficiency in critical thinking.

      • Höly Wähala

        iMoron… it is better thus: “so ignorant and (deficient) in critical thinking that your illiterate mama genetically transfered the “dumb gene” to you that you cannot even write a one-line comment without grammatical error. Go back to your primary school and collect her money back, you are a disgrace to academia. Monkey! Don’t bother editing your blunder because I’ve taken a screen-grab picture of it knowing you to be a fraudster. Oloshi!

        • thusspokez

          “So ignorant and deficiency in critical thinking”

          This was the result of overwriting, but it is still grammatically correct, fóól! This is because the conjunction “and” implies two joined sentences:

          (1) “So ignorant”
          (2) “deficiency in critical thinking”

          Now which of these two sentences is grammatically incorrect, fóól? You mumu ultracrepidarians never cease to amaze me.

      • Dr Avi

        “So ignorant and deficiency in critical thinking”

        You don’t seem to understand the proportion of your problem. You are very poorly educated.

        • thusspokez

          You are very poorly educated

          You Nigerians repeat the same insult because you are too thick to invent a different one.

  • Julius

    I believe the British version of this news. I remember this same president , Jonathan and his wife made an announcement that the girls were never kidnapped. His wife went as far as inviting one or some of the girls mother and berated them on live tv. She went on tirade about some imaginary enemy of her husband trying to weaken his presidency while Jonathan sat there grinning like a baby monkey. He should also know that these intelligent agencies tape and has documents of what they do or say. All will be out in due time.

    • thusspokez

      I believe the British version of this news.

      Yes like any mumu and ignoramus, I bet you do!

      • Julius

        Moron, unlike you who believed Jonathan and his hippo wife that the girls were not kidnapped at the time. Yes, I believe the UK version ! By the way, do you, him and his wife believe the girls were kidnapped now ?

    • Netanyahu

      Who cares about what Jonathan did or did not do about the creation (boko haram) of the evil awusa/foolani to frustrate his administration. Let those who created and sponsored and still sponsoring boko haram worry about how to rescue the said chibok girls who were preparing for WAEC physics exam but could not say their names in English when released. You can believe what you like. That is your **cking business. I am happy Jonathan will not dignify you goats with any response.

      • Julius

        “I am happy Jonathan will not dignify you goats with any response.” Moron, be ready to be unhappy because your lazy, dumb ass Jonathan goat already responded . Where does that fucking leave you ?

  • thusspokez

    According to the Observer’s report which was culled from its sister publication, the Guiardian, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in an operation code named, Operation Turus, spotted the girls during air reconnaissance over northern Nigeria weeks after they were kidnapped

    The RAF could not and would not be flying over Nigeria’s airspace without permission fron the Nigerian government otherwise it would cause serious diplomatic incidence between the UK and Nigeria. Then I read the following quote which confirms my point:

    …adding that his administration was so supportive of the efforts that it allowed Western military to conduct reconnaissance flight over the country’s airspace.

    Countries, even very close friends and allies often don’t allow one another’s air force to operate in one another’s airspace. But it would seen that the GEJ government had bent over backwards to allow the RAF to fly in Nigeria’s airspace. So it does not make sense that GEJ would turn down offer of further help to rescue the girls.

  • thusspokez

    …government accepted aid package and assistance from Western countries, such as France, the U.S. and the UK in locating the girls, it dismissed offers for actions to be taken by these countries to rescue the girls.

    Let me tell you something about western governments:
    1. Western governments, particularly, the British often come up with these claims. Frankly, I don’t understand the logic for them except that they are for PR purpose and to massage their egos.

    2. Western politicians wouldn’t risk the lives of their soldiers in a rescue effort that does not affect their citizens nor economic or military interest. Any Nigerian who thinks otherwise is a first-class mumu and ignoramus.

    For example, in Iraq, and starting from 2014, Isis held captive and killed at least 5,000 Yazidi civilians. The west have military bases in the area and 24hrs reconnaissance, particularly, in the Isis occupied area, so they saw the disaster as it unfold and yet there was no attempt at any rescue of the Yazidis, Same in Aleppo Syria, not to mention Rwanda which they and the UN abandoned, culminating in the Rwanda genocide..

    What the West, particularly, the British often do it to provide (1) verbal support and (2) some inferior military equipments to someone else, in this case, Nigeria — as in Sierra Leone, and Liberia — and then claim full credits afterwards.

    Those of you mumus who are quick to accept the UK version, in the post second world war era, can you remind me of one occasion where the British army had risk it soldiers lives to rescue people who are not British? If you can’t, you must dismiss the British version as lies.

  • thusspokez

    Details of meetings between British and Nigerian officials, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, also indicated that the government rebuffed international offers to rescue the girls.

    PT, don’t treat all your readers as fóóls, provide the “details” and let us decide for ourselves, the nature of the rebuff — if it was a rebuff.

  • Fredodo1

    Isn’t is now obvious why they were reluctant to accept the helps? They were busy using the problem as a conduit pipe to steal monies.

  • BABUYANMA

    Jonathan is guilty of treason

    • Joe

      Did you not hear from the British High commissioner that JONATHAN DID NOT REJECT HELP FROM UK TO SECURE THE CHIBOK GIRLS?. Someone went an influence the observer media house in UK and wrote trash and all the Yoruba news outlets started carrying the news, and now that the high commission said its false, none of the south west media carried it. Its a shame!.

      • BABUYANMA

        Please post the report you are talking about.

        • Joe

          Get THISDAY newspaper of today or go to their website. I also heard it from ARISE CABLE TV. Nigerians are gullible and APC/Lai Moh’d knows it and he is using it to deceive people like you. APC is full of lies and God have no business in their affairs, because God is truth.

          • BABUYANMA

            Nigerians are not gullible. We gave useless jonathan and his biafrian gang 6 years, and all they did was LOOTING

          • Joe

            Its like you have problem of using words. You cannot stop people from agitation if they feel being marginalized or cheated. Millions demonstrated in US recently because they feel that Trump’s policies will not protect their interest. However, whatever Jonathan looted is like a drop of water in an ocean compared to what OBJ looted and he is being celebrated as the father of Nigeria. OBJ and IBB are the most richest past leaders in Nigeria and nobody criticize them like GEJ. If lies stays for 1000 yrs will still be lies and truth will catchup with it.

  • George

    They should just peovid the so called help to this half dead friend of theirs who is now in their hospital bed and leave GEJ alone.

  • @murie.com

    Bros Jona no try at all bcos he was confused by the so called wife not to believe it. Adding that it was creation of opposition party, that was why Jona did not give full support in rescuing those girls. Nemesis will surely catch up with those that masterminded the kidnapping and non challant attitudes of the Jona government. What a sham!