Nigeria’s Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has on Thursday while addressing an audience at the dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos revealed that the former Nigerian President regarded abducted Chibok girls as his problem after he chided him on many occasions over the abduction.
The Nobel laureate who stated that it took the former president over 21 days to accept the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok stated that the former president blasted him for asking questions on the girls.
Speaking to his audience, Wole Soyinka said: “I reached out to former President Jonathan, and protested, chiding him severely on his reaction over the abduction of the Chibok girls.
I said to him; ‘you want to be accepted as a political leader, and you do not even accept as your duty to be there (Chibok), at the scene of the disaster?’ And I asked him, did you actually utter those words attributed to you?
His response remains a riddle to me till today. His exact words to me, not easily forgotten I assure you, were ‘Kampala tie niyen,’ meaning that is your own Kampala.”
He further added: “He said the opposition was only using this to discredit his government, and precious days to have rescued the girls were lost.”