How Goodluck Jonathan Supported Boko Haram -VP Osinbajo

By Ikenga Chronicles November 1, 2016

It was a shocking moment on Monday, October 31  as Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo  let the cat out of the bag on how Former President Goodluck Jonathan and  the  Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) tactically supported Boko Haram to fester. Osinbajo disclosed that Jonathan was never committed to ending the Boko Haram insurgency during his tenure.

The Vice-President made this disclosure in a lecture entitled, “The unravelling of Boko Haram and the rebuilding of the North-East of Nigeria” which he delivered at Harvard University’s Weatherland Centre for International Affairs, United States.

Osinbajo said it was politically convenient for the then ruling PDP to claim that the Boko Haram sect was sponsored by a Northern-Muslim political elite to discredit the government led by a Christian.

He recalled that when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed, the then ruling party was also quick to paint it (APC) as the political wing of the Boko Haram sect.

He said it was not until President Muhammadu Buhari who was then the leader of the opposition, was nearly killed in an attack in Kaduna that the false narrative began to lose credibility.

The Vice-President added, “Secondly, the ruling party also somewhat cynically seemed to have considered that since Boko Haram  attacks were actually in the heartland of the opposition it was not necessarily an unwelcome development as it could only weaken the opposition.”

“Third, extensive corruption in arms procurement estimated at about $15bn, ensured that the military remained poorly equipped and demoralised.”

“A number of well-publicised mutinies occurred and troops involved were taken through widely unpopular court-martials.”

“As the government dithered and equivocated Boko Haram proceeded to realise the objective of occupying territory and  establishing Islamist states in Nigeria and in the Lake Chad basin.”

“In Borno State alone, it occupied and hoisted its flag in 20 of the 27 Local Government Areas that constituted the state. In Adamawa State,  BH[Boko Haram] took Mubi and some villages in Yobe State.”

Osinbajo said it was not until the abduction of more than 200 secondary schoolgirls from their dormitories in Chibok that public outrage against Jonathan’s government’s inept handling of the insurgency reached its peak.

He added that the government then incurred widespread anger when it denied that the abduction took place and suggested that the opposition had simply invented the story.

Osinbajo, however, said Buhari’s assumption to office changed the tide.

He said the strongest reasons for Buhari’s victory in the March 2015 presidential election was the expectation that going by his reputation as a no-nonsense soldier, he would defeat Boko Haram and restore peace to the North-East.

True to type, he said, within six months of Buhari’s Presidency, the sect had been effectively dislodged from all the local governments they once held and had retreated into the Sambisa Forest and the northern border towns and villages.

 

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