Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed that the governments of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has paid ransom to kidnappers in the past.
Obasanjo who ushered in Nigeria’s fourth Republic in 1999 as President made this disclosure on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during a meeting with the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta. The former president went further to disclose that those in power always denied claims regarding their payment of ransom, and urged them to ensure they develop a very strong system that will enable them capture and deal with kidnappers/bandits without having to pay ransoms.
Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it… 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 is a folly. This is because when you pay ransom, you encourage. But if you are not going to pay ransom, you must have the means to deal heavily with it. You must have the stick to deal with it
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