Buhari has been paying ransoms to kidnappers, according to Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo claims that President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, paid ransoms to kidnappers.

Obasanjo made the surprising remark while receiving members of the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday.

According to Obasanjo, not only the Buhari
administration, but also that of former President Goodluck Jonathan,
negotiated with kidnappers.
“Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even
during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it,”

he said.
Instead of rewarding kidnappers and bandits with ransom payments, Obasanjo urged the government to establish a strategy for dealing with them.
“Some people are still reaching out, and hoping that lives can still be
saved. But a situation whereby anybody thinks paying ransom is the way
out, that person is folly.
“He’s a blunder. This is because paying a ransom encourages others to do
the same. If you don’t want to pay the ransom, you’ll need to be
prepared to deal with it aggressively. To deal with it, you need a
stick,”
he said.
Several talks between the Buhari administration and Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly resulted in rumors of ransom payments.

There were also rumors that state governments and terrorists were negotiating ransom payments.

The
government of President Muhammadu Buhari is alleged to have paid a
ransom to secure the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.

During Jonathan’s presidency, the Chibok schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014.

Buhari,
on the other hand, had his own dose of abduction four years back, when
the Dapchi girls were apprehended in Yobe state in February 2018.

The girls were released less than a month later, with one of them, Leah Sharibu, being kept back.
While a ransom was believed, the Buhari administration categorically denied it.

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