By Segun Odeleye
Special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, today took to his Facebook page and alleged that the kidnap of the schoolgirls from Chibok was done in order to make the Jonathan administration look incompetent, and hold it to ransom as the 2015 election approached.
Last week marked a year since the girls were kidnapped.
Okupe alleged that the #BringBackOurGirls group which rose to advocate for the release of the girls was a movement deliberately designed to sustain and “internationalise” the embarrassment against the incumbent government.
According to Okupe, this “conspiracy” which had both local and international partners was one of the reasons Pres. Jonathan was defeated at the polls.
Pres. Jonathan lost a lot of goodwill in 2014 over the way his administration handled the immediate aftermath of the abduction. The government ignored the outcry and at some point even denied that any such kidnap had happened. First lady, Patience Jonathan, alleged at some point that it was all a ploy to bring down her husband’s government.
Although that line of reasoning was not pushed again following the condemnation which her statement generated, it appears that some government officials like Doyin Okupe, still believed that to be the case.
Here is a screen shot of Okupe’s allegations: