Jonathan didn’t believe Boko Haram was a serious issue – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says ex-President Goodluck Jonathan did not believe the Boko Haram insurgency was a serious issue.

The former president said this in an interview with the BBC in Lagos on Monday.

He said Jonathan believed the insurgency was a ploy by the north to stop him from getting re-elected.

He said he brought the grievances of the sect to the immediate past president in 2011, but he did not take the issue seriously.

“I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening about Boko Haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan,” Obasanjo said.

“Jonathan didn’t believe that Boko Haram was a serious issue. He thought that it was a device by the north to prevent him from continuing as president of Nigeria which was rather unfortunate.”

The former president also said the insurgency would not end because it stemmed from youth frustration in the north-east.

“Boko Haram will not be over; it started from a position of gross under-development, unemployment, youth frustration in the north-east. So we must be treating the disease not the symptom,” he said.

Under Jonathan, Boko Haram held a swathe of territories in the north-east, and even launched fatal attacks in the Federal Capital Territory.

– The Cable

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

One Response to “Jonathan didn’t believe Boko Haram was a serious issue – Obasanjo”

  1. mumu dem, u obasanjo no do abeokuta road, u Jonathan no do ur home town road, buari dey busy dey approve rail way to all northern part. after we go say hausa na mumu, dem no mumu, na we mumu

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