‘Goodluck Jonathan Had No Interest In Defeating Boko Haram’ – Osinbajo Says (SEE)

Yemi Osinbajo. Photo Credit: File
Yemi Osinbajo. Photo Credit: File

While delivering a speech at  Harvard University on Monday, October 31st, 2016, Nigeria’s  Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, said former president, Goodluck Jonathan  was never committed to defeating Boko Haram during his administration.

Osinbajo who made this known while speaking on “The unraveling of Boko Haram and the rebuilding of the North-East of Nigeria” said it was politically convenient for the last administration to claim that Boko Haram was sponsored by northern elite to rubbish the administration led by Jonathan, a Christian.

According to Punch, Osinbajo also accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of referring to president Muhammadu Buhari as Boko Haram sponsor in the statement which was released by his media office.

He said;


As the government dithered and equivocated, BH 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 took Mubi and some villages in Yobe State.”

Osinbajo also claims that the then ruling party also somewhat cynically seemed to have considered that since BH 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.

While reaffirming Nigerians that everything would stabilize in the country,  Osinbajo said Buhari’s assumption of office changed the tide as Buhari is ready to remain on his toes until Boko Haram is defeated.


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