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Christian Okoye

Calls Out Nigerian President

What Took So Long to Hunt for 276 Girls?

5/8/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Christian Okoye Nigerian President

NFL legend Christian Okoye -- one of the most famous Nigerian-born athletes of all-time -- is calling out the President of Nigeria ... telling TMZ Sports he FAILED to take immediate action after 276 girls were abducted ... and it makes him sick. 

Okoye -- who lived in Nigeria until he was 21 -- tells us he's been following the terror crisis in his homeland and says it's "very unfortunate that things like this can go on without the world's knowledge."

But Okoye has a serious beef with President Goodluck Jonathan -- who, he claims, did NOTHING when the girls were first abducted by the Boko Haram terror group over a month ago. 

"It had been almost 4 weeks and [Jonathan] hadn't done anything," Okoye says ... "I'm happy people outside the country got involved because it prompted [him] to finally do something about it."

Within the last two weeks, the story went global -- with some of the most powerful people in the world (including Michelle Obama) raising awareness using the hashtag "BringBackOurGirls."

"The public outcry forced his hand," Okoye says ... "and it shouldn't have been the reason why he did something."

Okoye says part of the problem is the corruption in the Nigerian government -- in fact, there are reports Jonathan fired the governor of Nigeria's central bank when he learned the guy was investigating the disappearance of $20 BILLION in the country's oil revenue.

"I'm happy people outside the country pushed the President to do something. I hope that the awareness leads to the end of the crisis."

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Don wizzzy    

My Big broda Christian Okoye thank God you grow up in *****ia and noting has change since i am born brought up *****ian and have spent almost 28 years of my life to study that country very well the problem my people have is the government and the pastors misleading and misruling the pastor will lie and cheat our people and the government will lie and promise and fail the people all the time no change if we do not fight for real stable peace and real government in power *****ia will be a no go area because pastors only preach about money and not interested about people life and welfare is a big disgrace i want all arms of the government to step down because i can not live in *****ia as a *****ian the government will not allow people there right i know the pastors are not happy that Americans want to take over ....... please i will advice that the American and British to take over that country because *****ians every day are using there fellow human for rituals to sit on power wasting other innocent citizens blood for noting and the pastors and government are aware of this because they both use it for them selves please American help us change *****ia we are ready to share percentage of our resources to the Americans and British as long as they will help my people so many *****ians suffer in other parts of the world no body cares to know what they do there and how they do this people keep sharing the money with there family and friends no community service and no good health care no food no roads no good education no light no facilities for the poor no sports for the kids who want to get busy no house for the homeless people and funny enough the pastor still collect the poor people money on the daily base they do not want the poor to have right in *****ia. if Americans and the British government wants to know more about *****ia mater to please contact me i want my country to stand like other countries in the world because if *****ian stand in the right way we can always support the American government and the British government to improve and also help the white people and black people and other African country who need help..... we want to work please make our country stable for us this present government are all crooks. the pastor are adding more problem to the people life always lying to them using the bible and doing noting with the church offering using it for self spending and sending there kids outside the country to study and living the poor people kids behind do not care if they die or live. we do not want that type of generation that will mislead our people.

77 days ago
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Don wizzzy    

My Big broda Christian Okoye thank God you grow up in *****ia and noting has change since i am born brought up *****ian and have spent almost 28 years of my life to study that country very well the problem my people have is the government and the pastors misleading and misruling the pastor will lie and cheat our people and the government will lie and promise and fail the people all the time no change if we do not fight for real stable peace and real government in power *****ia will be a no go area because pastors only preach about money and not interested about people life and welfare is a big disgrace i want all arms of the government to step down because i can not live in *****ia as a *****ian the government will not allow people there right i know the pastors are not happy that Americans want to take over ....... please i will advice that the American and British to take over that country because *****ians every day are using there fellow human for rituals to sit on power wasting other innocent citizens blood for noting and the pastors and government are aware of this because they both use it for them selves please American help us change *****ia we are ready to share percentage of our resources to the Americans and British as long as they will help my people so many *****ians suffer in other parts of the world no body cares to know what they do there and how they do this people keep sharing the money with there family and friends no community service and no good health care no food no roads no good education no light no facilities for the poor no sports for the kids who want to get busy no house for the homeless people and funny enough the pastor still collect the poor people money on the daily base they do not want the poor to have right in *****ia. if Americans and the British government wants to know more about *****ia mater to please contact me i want my country to stand like other countries in the world because if *****ian stand in the right way we can always support the American government and the British government to improve and also help the white people and black people and other African country who need help..... we want to work please make our country stable for us this present government are all crooks. the pastor are adding more problem to the people life always lying to them using the bible and doing noting with the church offering using it for self spending and sending there kids outside the country to study and living the poor people kids behind do not care if they die or live. we do not want that type of generation that will mislead our people.

77 days ago
18.

FREEDOM    

POOR GIRLS, TRULY VERY SAD. MAY GOD BRING THEM HOME SAFELY.

76 days ago
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FREEDOM    

HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR.TURNING THERE BACK TO AFRICA. MILLIONS HAVE DIED OF STARVATION, AIDS, MALARIA. IT IS ONE HUGE TRAGEDY AFTER ANOTHER. EACH ONE NEVER FIXED. THIS IS GONE ON TO LONG. WHERE IS THE HELP? WHY IGNORE IT?

76 days ago
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