APC Commends Military, Knocks Jonathan For Allowing Boko Haram To Fester

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jona-apcThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has said President Goodluck Jonathan bears a huge moral burden that will haunt him for a long time to come for deliberately allowing the Boko Haram insurgency to fester, leading to the deaths of over 15,000 Nigerians and the displacement of over 3 million others in the past six years.

In a statement issued in London on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the opposition party also hailed the Nigerian military for the successes it has recorded in the battle against Boko Haram in recent times, saying the string of victories confirms the party’s stand that the Nigerian military can hold its own anywhere and anytime, if provided with the necessary equipment and if the morale of the troops is not undermined.

The opposition party noted that by his own admission that he and his team “underrated the capacity of Boko Haram”, President Jonathan has finally owned up to his globally-acknowledged incompetence, a development which, in truly democratic societies, should be part of a statement of resignation by a leader whose terrible error of judgment has caused so many deaths and inflicted so much pain and sorrow on his compatriots.

APC said the truth is that the president deliberately allowed the Boko Haram crisis to fester because he and his team saw it as their trump card for winning re-election in 2015 by currying local and global sectarian sympathy with a Muslim-group-killing-Christians narrative that totally distorts the fact that Boko Haram is a band of marauders, who have no consideration for ethnicity, regionalism, religion or any other thing beyond their mad disposition to terror.

The party said the marauders are equal-opportunity killers who went after Christians, Muslims, northerners, southerners, men, women, the old, the young, the rich and the poor.

The party recalled that it had raised the alarm on many occasions, including during an appearance at the British Parliament in 2014, when its spokesman, Lai Mohammed, said the PDP and President Jonathan were using the Boko Haram crisis as a trump card to retain power in 2015.

“Is it not curious that the same President who has stood by while Boko Haram decimates a whole section of the country over the past six years has suddenly realized there is something he could do to crush the sect in six weeks? Is it not curious that a military that has been globally acknowledged for its successes in peacekeeping at regional and international levels has suddenly found itself unable to tackle a band of criminals? Is it not curious that the necessary fighting equipment that have not been made available to the military, despite the injection of over 32 billion US dollars into the defence and security sector since 2008, have suddenly become available?

“There are more questions to be asked: At what point did President Jonathan begin to have a clear idea that Boko Haram is a major threat to the very survival of our country? Was it after about 300 innocent girls were abducted from their school in Chibok or before? Was it after hundreds of boys were slaughtered in a secondary school in Buni Yadi or before? Or, was it before or after the Nyanya bomb blast that led to the deaths of hundreds of people? Just when did our President wake up to his primary responsibility?

“The truth is that after their Boko Haram-as-a-trump-card strategy blew up in their face and their electoral fortunes plummeted, the PDP-led Jonathan Administration came to the realization that a stepped-up campaign against the insurgents is needed to revive their electoral fortunes, hence they then decided to pep up the military and rally regional troops – the same suggestions from the opposition that the Administration has pointedly ignored over the years – to combat the terrorists.

“President Jonathan, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, must take responsibility for the monumental cost, whether of his incompetence or his political strategy-gone-awry or both, apologize to the nation and immediately back down from seeking re-election. The President must not be allowed to profit from an error of judgement that has cost 15,000 lives, forced over 3 million out of their homes and cost the taxpayers 32.88 billion US dollars”, APC said.

The party also expressed concern at the efforts of the Jonathan Administration to make Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau look invincible, with the president’s statement that Shekau will be caught before the elections.

“It is no longer news that the authorities have gleefully announced the killing of Shekau at least twice in the past, with the picture of the supposedly-dead Boko Haram leader widely circulated in the social and traditional media. That raises the question as to which Shekau is to be captured. Or are we to believe the stories making the rounds that the government plans to capture a ‘Shekau’, who will then be used to implicate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as a sponsor of the sect, just to pull the brakes on his runaway acceptance by Nigerians?” it queried.

APC said while Nigerians will undoubtedly be happy and relieved to see an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, they must be wondering what would have happened if the plummeting electoral fortunes of President Jonathan had not forced his Administration to push for the six-week postponement of the general elections. They must also be wondering what would have happened if the elections have been scheduled for 2016, instead of 2015.

The party, therefore, commended the long-suffering, gallant Nigerian soldiers and called on all Nigerians to continue to support them and the battle against insurgency.

“We urge Nigerians to continue to pray for the successes of our troops in the battle to rid Nigeria of insurgency and return our displaced citizens to their homeland. Peace and security in our land will provide the necessary environment for our party to implement the plan for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of our economy especially the major theatres of insurgency”, APC said.

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  1. APC ur all deceivingly ur selves, asks ur puppet dakuku wat happened to him in UST on march 10th 1993 wen he was stripped naked for cult activities.

  2. our military have been trying this recent times, i commend their efforts and the effort of the president, its not easy at all. we should rather pay no mind to what these APC people are saying.

  3. I think this people should be flogged for saying such none sense, president allowing those boys to fester that’s totally insane. all this people saying this should go and pick up arms and fight let them see if they think its easy

  4. It will be immoral to lay blames at this time that we are seeing the efforts President Jonathan is making, soon and very soon they will be history

  5. When GEJ was killing them initially it was Buhari that said he is killing innocent northerners, now he is still complaining, instead of applauding the incumbent, well how can he, wen he has that seat on his mind more than the welfare of Nigerians. God will judge him too for waiting to be elected before he calls his Boko boys to stop their operations. GEJ all the way.

  6. It will be less dramatic for Lai mohammed to say whatever he likes but even more if buhari acts as if he does not know that his BH boys are biting more than they can chew .

  7. Whether they like it or not, whether they are excited or not, GEJ will always be my choice, no matter how hard they try to rub it on him

  8. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reviewed its presidential campaigns so far and submitted that with the overwhelming support from Nigerians across the six geo-political zones, it is sure that President Goodluck Jonathan will win convincingly by over 64 percent.

  9. President Jonathan’s campaign have been very successful and the President has been wonderfully received by Nigerians in all parts of the country. He has ran a superior campaign with his record of performance and Nigerians are convinced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari are no alternatives to the PDP and President Jonathan. If elections hold today, it is certain that President Jonathan will record a sweeping victory across board. In fact, we will win.

  10. the only way you know you are doing a good ass job is when “never do wells are hating on you”. the fact that the APC are hating on GEJ shows that his achievements are resounding! Welldone Mr president

  11. To whom much is given much is expected, GEJ has given APC much freedom so all the rubbish talk and insults were expected, because the APC have nothing ELSE to offer, GEJ IS THE BEST#MARCH4GEJ

  12. GEJ said he will end boko haram and he has done just that, Even when buhari flied to the U.S to lick obamas butt to make him refuse selling weapons to Nigeria…GEJ still conquered them all!#GEJ till 2019

  13. Very soon we’ll Kwn who is the real bokoharam. I wonder. Why nigerians are so blind not to see the approaching vehicle loaded with destruction.


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