President of the Kaduna State-based Civil Rights Congress and senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani, has said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration has never been interested in ending the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said the president frustrated efforts to end the insurgency.
Speaking at a sensitisation workshop organised by the Buhari/Osinbajo Youths Support Groups and the Proud Talakawa Movement (PTM), Sani said when effort was being made to end the insurgency, it became clear that the Jonathan administration wanted it to linger.
He alleged that the country had witnessed looting of public treasury and killings of innocent citizens since the Jonathan administration came into office over four years ago.
Sani said: “For the last 16 years, it has been a case of waste, of corruption, of mass murder of innocent citizens by the ineptitude and incompetence of the ruling party.
“From the sidelines, as a citizen, I did my best to see how we could bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. That informed my decision, in September 2011, to go to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to join in the struggle to end Boko Haram insurgency.
“We have all done our best. But it is very clear that the obstacle to end this insurgency is Jonathan’s government. It had reached a point where I told the Boko Haram people to stop calling my phone because we were completely frustrated. There was no interest on the side of the government to end the insurgency.
“We all have a stake in democratic government. We have done all these because we believe that Nigeria can be great again. I don’t have to stand here and sing the praises of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari because he lives in Kaduna like me. So we leave those praises.
“But we know his potentialities and what he is capable of doing for Nigeria. But we should also know that he is not an Abraham Lincoln who will be contesting election every day. We have to do all we can on March 28. We have made that very clear in Kaduna, to the sitting Vice-President [Namadi Sambo] that the 3.1million registered voters in Kaduna are prepared to be killed.
“The Jonathan administration is an affliction. It is a curse on Nigeria. They have looted over $45billion in the last six years he served as a President. Over 65,000 Nigerians have been killed. We have seen how a government openly supported terrorism. They keep giving oil pipeline contracts to the Tompolos, the Asari Dokubos, the Gani Adams and so on”.
The civil rights activist, therefore, asked the electorate to be vigilant and ensure that their votes count.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was represented by a former Aviation Minister, Prof. Babalola Borisade, asked the participants to do all they can to protect the change that is coming, adding that the fact that the ruling party has been doing everything possible to prevent the election from holding, is an admittance of failure.