Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has claimed that former President Jonathan called him 19 days after the Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped and bundled off into trucks to unknown location by the Boko Haram bandits. Shettima made these allegations while receiving former President Obasanjo who visited Borno State today.
Let us not allow bias and prejudice to displace our objectivity by avoiding certain relevant but discomforting questions. For example, are Shettima and the Principal of the Chibok School altogether innocent? In a serious country, the level of responsibility by everybody would have been investigated. But former President Jonathan was made the whipping boy for the role of local actors in the security breach that led to the kidnapping of the poor schoolgirls.
Shettima should also have told Obasanjo why he reopened the Chibok school in defiance of WAEC advice. The school was closed because of security concerns and WAEC advised that students should sit for their exams in Maiduguri which was more secure. The Governor ignored the advice and ordered the school reopened, despite being closed by the federal government. As the chief security officer of the State, his arrogance and negligence indirectly contributed to the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls. Leaders must take responsibility, but it appears few people are courageous enough to criticise Governor Shettima because of sentiments. Former President Jonathan was taking the bum rap instead. We should hold our leaders accountable at all levels instead of creating a scapegoat.