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.
administration, but also that of former President Goodluck Jonathan,
negotiated with kidnappers.
â€œGovernment has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even
during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it,â€
â€œSome 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.
â€œHeâ€™s a blunder. This is because paying a ransom encourages others to do
the same. If you donâ€™t want to pay the ransom, youâ€™ll need to be
prepared to deal with it aggressively. To deal with it, you need a
stick,â€ he said.
There were also rumors that state governments and terrorists were negotiating ransom payments.
government of President Muhammadu Buhari is alleged to have paid a
ransom to secure the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.
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.