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.”