After a near death experience and dark moments, 12 boys and a football coach rescued from a Thai cave are stepping to stardom, with a scheduled appearance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup holding in Russia. 

Before they got trapped it was never in their mind that they will be in Russia before the end of the World Cup, but that will happen. 

Tides change and in Nigeria, a man who knows what it is like to have some young citizens languish in captivity, Goodluck Jonathan, has something to say about the rescue of the boys and their coach. 

During his reign as President, on April 14 2014, some over 200 girls were abducted from their school's dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, and this was also highlighted by persons who reacted to his post on Facebook on the cave rescue effort. 

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He wrote: "It is a thing of joy to the world and to my family and I that the 13 Thai youths who were trapped in a cave have been rescued.

"The government and people of Thailand have shown to the world that human life is valuable and saving it is worthy of the greatest expense of human, material and financial resource.

"I commend them and in particular, I commend the rescuers and praise God that the youths are now safer and will get the medical care that they need.

"This incidence brought the whole world a little closer by spotlighting our common humanity and shared interest in the preservation of life.

"That it ended well brings glory to God and gives hope to mankind".

His comment on the incident did not go down without reactions from Nigerians, with some reminding him of the 2014 Chibok girls' issue. 

Here are a few comments from Nigerians in response to the former President's rhetorics. 

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response to Jonathan comment on Thai cave rescue
response to Jonathan comment on Thai cave rescue
response to Jonathan comment on Thai cave rescue
response to Jonathan comment on Thai cave rescue
response to Jonathan comment on Thai cave rescue