Jonathan Obsessed With Reelection Bid In 2015 Than Tackling Rising Insecurity Wave, Says Progressive Govs

APC GovsThe Progressive governors under the aegis of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have accused President Goodluck Jonathan of focusing more attention on his second term ambition in 2015 than frontally tackling the increasing security threat to lives and property in the country.

The governors, who belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the accusation in reaction to Monday’s pre-dawn attack on the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri, Borno State, by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The governors attributed the attack to what they called “lack of security agenda’’ by Mr. President, whom they claimed was more obsessed with winning the next presidential poll than tackling rising insurgency in the land.

Making their views known in a statement signed by the Director-General in charge of the PGF secretariat in Abuja, Mr. Salihu Lukman, the governors noted with concern that  the security situation in several parts of the country had continued to deteriorate despite the extension of the State of Emergency in some states and the trillions of naira supposedly spent on security.

The governors said, “The most recent attack was particularly telling as it shows that President Goodluck Jonathan has no security agenda and is only focused on retaining power beyond 2015. The result of this criminal negligence is the unabated slaughter of lives. Clearly the security structures set up in the region have been overwhelmed.

“The PGF calls on the President to reassess his security strategy and focus more on the critical issues of the day. Obviously, the strategies and tactics currently adopted by the President and security agencies drafted to the region have been ineffectual, just as they leave much to be desired.

“While we commiserate with the Government and people of Borno State, we call on the Federal Government to immediately overhaul the tactics and rules of engagement of the security agencies deployed in Borno and other states.

“The President, who also doubles as the Commander-in-Chief needs to get a firmer grip as well as ensure coherence in the management of the various tiers of security interventions in the affected states. His obsession with 2015 is a dangerous diversion at a time when real courage and statesmanship are needed.

“We, on our own part, shall continue to offer support to our colleague, Governor Kashim Shettima and to provide necessary humanitarian assistance in these extremely difficult times.

Information Nigeria recalls that Monday’s attack in Maiduguri lasted for close to five hours with the insurgents inflicting serious casualties on the people and burning down some military aircraft and buildings in the process although the security agencies repelled their advancement in an airstrike which left dozens of the gunmen dead.


  1. I Want to use this medium to advices those corrupt G7 governor parading themself as clean governor instead of concentrating on the development of the state. The hand of law will catch up with,they will fail in 2015 election and they shall give account of themself I’m warning them instead of putting hand together with our able gallant president to develop this country, they will give account of them self when the time comes thanks MKE.