Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday March 15, attended the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
Obasanjo was interviewed during the event by International Business Times UK and he spoke on Boko Haram and the abducted Chibok girls.
Here are five important things he said during the interview:
Boko Haram has become a regional issue and we have to deal with it regionally.
Boko Haram has legitimate grievances
The response of the government initially was definitely not enough. When Boko Haram started showing their fangs about four years ago the reaction should have been firm and unmistakable. We have lost ground.
If Boko Haram is ready to talk, [we should talk]. But by the time they are ready to talk they will need to be pounded a little bit militarily: at that stage they will be ready to talk
The government did not believe that there had been an abduction for some time. If that had happened maybe the girls [Chibok girls] would have been rescued.