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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo revealed that the Buhari and Jonathan administrations paid kidnappers ransom.
On Wednesday, May 5, Obasanjo made the announcement while hosting members of the Tiv Professionals Group (TPG) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The former President, noting that those in charge had still denied doing so, encouraged them to devise a method of dealing with kidnappers and robbers rather than ransom payments.
“Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it.”
He also maintained that fighting insecurity to a standstill requires a “carrot and stick” approach.
“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.”