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Ex-UK PM Cameron lying against me because i rejected his pressure to support same-sex marriage in Nigeria – Jonathan

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has accused David Cameron, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, of lying against him over the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.

Cameron had alleged that Jonathan prevented the UK from rescuing the girls.

The former UK Prime Minister had alleged that at the time of the incident, British troops located the position of Boko Haram and the abducted Schoolgirls, but Jonathan refused help from the UK to rescue the girls.  

Jonathan however denied the statement, saying that Cameron was deliberately coming after him because he refused to support his gay agenda.

However Cameron alleged that Jonathan was asleep at the wheel while Boko Haram abducted the girls. Even after locating the girls, Jonathan refused help to rescue them, he added, saying that he expected the ex-president to handle the situation better.

Mr. Cameron in his memoir titled ‘For the Record’, said; “In early 2014 a group of its fighters centred the government secondary school in the village of Chibok, seizing 276 teenage girls. They were taken to camps deep in the forest. The Christians among them were forced to convert to Islam. Many were sold as slaves, entering the same endless violent nightmare the Yazidi women suffered.

“As ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign spread across the world, we embedded a team of military and intelligence experts in Nigeria, and sent spy planes and tornadoes with thermal imaging to search for the missing girls. And, amazingly, from the skies above a forest three times the size of Wales, we managed to locate some of them.”

“But Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, seemed to be asleep at the wheel. When he eventually made a statement, it was to accuse the campaigners of politicising the tragedy. And absolutely crucially, when we offered to help rescue the girls we had located, he refused.”

Ex-President Jonathan however in his response noted that Cameron’s statement was a lie. He noted that as president, he came under intense pressure from the UK under the leadership of PM Cameron to pass a law supporting Same Sex marriage in Nigeria.

He noted that his vehement refusal to support gay in Nigeria was the main reason why Cameron is lying to discredit him.

“As such, on Monday, January 13, 2014, I signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law after the bill had been passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Nigeria’s parliament, in line with the wishes of the Nigerian people.

“This happened shortly after a study of 39 nations around the world by the US Pew Research Centre came up with a finding which indicated that 98 per cent of Nigerians were opposed to the idea of gay marriage.

“Immediately after I took this patriotic action, my government came under almost unbearable pressure from Mr Cameron, who reached me through envoys, and made subtle and not so subtle threats against me and my government.”

Jonathan noted that meetings were held at the White House in the United States of America when Barrack Obama was president and in the UK Parliament with the All Progressives Congress, the strongest opposition at the time, just after he signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into Law.

Jonathan wondered how he, who had written the UK, US, France, Israel for help in fighting insecurity, would reject the offer to rescue the Chibok schoolgirls.

“As President of Nigeria, I not only wrote letters to then Prime Minister David Cameron, I also wrote to the then US President, Barrack Obama, and the then French President, François Hollande, as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appealing to them for help in rescuing the Chibok Girls.

“How could I write to appeal for help and then reject the very thing I appealed for?”

“In his book, Mr Cameron failed to mention that I wrote him requesting his help on Chibok. Why did he suppress that information? I remind him that copies of that letter exist at the State Houses in Nigeria and London. He never called me on the phone to offer any help. On the contrary, I am the one that reached out to him,” Ex-President Jonathan said.

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