FG: We have been vindicated by the report that Jonathan rebuffed offer by British govt to rescue Chibok girls
The advice was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, following the former President's reaction to the report by a British newspaper that the British armed forces' offer to attempt to rescue the girls were rebuffed by then President Jonathan.
''While former President Jonathan reserves the right to defend his Administration, he should not engage in finger-pointing by saying, in a statement, that 'some people who have obviously been playing politics with the issue of the Chibok girls will stop at nothing to further their interest','' the Minister said.
He said if anyone ever played politics with the issue of Chibok girls, it was the Administration under whose watch the girls were abducted.
''After the girls were kidnapped and the Jonathan Administration did nothing for all of 15 days or make any determined efforts to rescue them thereafter, our party, the then opposition APC, told the nation several times that the whole Boko Haram crisis was allowed to escalate by the PDP-controlled Federal Government so they can use it as a political tool ahead of the 2015 elections.
''Two-and-a-half years after that statement, we have been vindicated by the report that claimed President Jonathan rebuffed an attempt by the British government to help rescue the girls. We hope the former President will now refrain from stoking further controversy over the lingering abduction issue and allow the government of the day to focus on its ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the Chibok girls,'" Mohammed said.