Why we’re yet to crush Boko Haram – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, blamed saboteurs
and other external forces over the Federal Government’s
inability to crush Boko Haram insurgents in the North East
geopolitical zone of the country.
Over 5,000 Nigerians have been killed since the insurgents
began their campaign to make the country an Islamic state
over four years ago.
However, Jonathan, spoke when a delegation
ofNollywoodstars under the aegis of “Creative
Professionals” visited him at the Presidential Villa, pointing
out that the frustration in crushing the insurgents was from
internal and external realms.
The delegation was led by an actor, Segun Arinze.
The President did not state the names of the saboteurs or
the institutions they belong to, even as he reiterated his
resolve to end the vicious cycle of violence unleashed on the
country by terrorists and other malevolent elements in the
land.
His words: “One of our greatest challenges and I have to
thank you for observing that one-minute of silence in their
honour, is this security challenge.
“But we are working very hard, we have our frustrations, we
have issues of sabotage: internal and external but we are
working very hard and by the grace of God, we will
overcome.”
The President last year said that the insurgents had moles
everywhere including in government.
Beyond the security challenge, the president pointed out that
Nigeria also needed serious effort to beef up its
infrastructure to meet the needs of the nation and its
citizens.
While promising to expand the horizon, he pleaded with the
actors to call some politicians noted for generating negative
issues to tone down their tirades in the interest of the nation.
Jonathan had in 2012 lamented that there were Boko Haram
elements in his administration but did not say who they
were and where in particular they were situated. The
admission of the presence of Boko Haram sympa-thisers in
the administration however drew flaks from Nigerians, who
blamed the president for not naming the suspected
saboteurs.
Also, the Federal Government had promised several times in
the past of its determination to wipe out the insurgents in the
country but had, furthermore, blamed some foreign powers
for sabotaging its efforts to defeat the Boko Haram
insurgents by refusing to sell arms and ammunition to
Nigeria.

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