PDP says Shettima behind Chibok girls abduction
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said former Borno State governor, Kassim Shettima, frustrated efforts by former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to address security crisis in the state.
The party said this in reaction to the recent visit of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his vice, Shettima, to Jonathan.
In statement by its national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, on Thursday, The opposition party said Shettima was privy to the Chibok girls abduction before its occurrence.
PDP said the appointment of the principal of the school where Chibok girls were abducted showed that Shettima had a hand the abduction.
The statement read “Nigerians can equally recall how Sen. Shettima as governor of Borno State sabotaged and frustrated Jonathan’s administration in its effort to curb insecurity in Borno State.
” Records still have it on how the APC Vice Presidential candidate as governor of Borno State failed to act on a security report and directive to close schools in remote parts of Borno State and relocate students to the more secure capital of Maiduguri to write their GCE examinations; thus creating the opening for the cruel abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno State.
“Nigerian will also note how the then Governor Shettima abdicated his duty as chief security officer and reportedly withheld vital security information in preference to non-state actors including terrorist elements, thereby frustrating the timely rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.
“It can also be recalled that after the infamous abduction, the principal of the school was subsequently appointed as a commissioner in Borno State by the then Governor Shettima; a development many considered as compensation for her alleged role in the abduction.
“It is therefore ironic that these same APC leaders who also spent the last seven years insulting and harassing Dr. Jonathan now shamelessly arranged a visit and photo opportunity in an attempt to launder their image and hoodwink Nigerians from the atrocities and monumental evil they brought to our country.
“What is expected of APC leaders at this moment is to apologize unreservedly to Dr. Jonathan, the PDP and Nigerians for the life-discounting situation they have foisted on our nation in the last seven years. After that they should quietly quit the stage, take valedictory pictures with terrorists, political thugs and election riggers since they cannot have any space among well-meaning Nigerians”