Mrs. Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State in separate events in New York City said the Nigerian government under President Goodluck Jonathan, squandered its oil resources, and indirectly helps corruption to fester in the troubled country.
Legislators on Capitol Hill have also called for the United States to do more to help the Nigerian government.
Clinton also blasted wider decisions made by the Nigerian government during the public interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts.
“Nigeria has made bad choices, not hard choices” Clinton said, parroting the name of her forthcoming memoir.
“They have squandered their oil wealth, they have allowed corruption
to fester and now they are losing control of parts of their territory
because they wouldn’t make hard choices.”
In late April, heavily armed Islamic militants stormed a girl’s
dormitory at the Government Girls Secondary School in the Nigerian town
of Chibok. Upwards of 270 students were kidnapped and days later, Boko
Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video statement that he planned
to sell them into slavery. More than 50 got away and the remaining are
the subject of the search.
The kidnappings quickly gained international attention by using the
hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The hashtag has been used to update people
on the state of the search, but also to criticize the Nigerian
government for their handling of the kidnapping.