Jonathan Using Boko Haram For 2015 Ambition – Waku

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The vice chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Senator
Joseph Waku, has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is fuelling Boko
Haram in the north to weaken the region in order to realise his 2015
presidential bid. Waku claimed that “the federal government is surely responsible
for the insecurity in the north; the government is fuelling Boko Haram and
insurgency in the north”.

In a reaction last night, the presidency described Waku’s
comments as illogical and falling short of common reasoning.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr.
Reuben Abati, told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that there was no correlation between the
2015 and the security challenges he was “patching to stitch together.”
The ACF chieftain had during a live programme on a Kaduna-based
radio station yesterday, which was monitored by LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, said the
entire system of Nigeria’s democracy system collapsed since the Olusegun
Obasanjo era.
“I said this because the president and the commander-in-chief
knows there are Boko Haram in the army, police, State Security Service (SSS),
in his cabinet. They are even in the civil service, in the judiciary and
parliament, yet he is not doing anything about it,” he said.
He alleged that the president does not bother about the lives of
ordinary Nigerians, adding: “There is no reason for this Boko Haram. There is
nothing wrong in dialoguing with the Boko Haram. Former governor of Borno State
Modu Sheriff started Boko Haram; he should have been arrested and tried.
Abati said: “I find it shocking that anybody at all who lives in
this country could make that kind of statement, not to talk of somebody who has
served the country as a Senator because the comment does not make sense.
“It is illogical and falls short of common reasoning. The thing
to note is that that government has made tremendous progress in dealing with
the challenge of terrorism, specifically, the Boko Haram menace and it is one
major area of progress that is very visible.
That, you know people have commented upon. It is not something
that you can take away from this government. A lot has been achieved in terms
of protecting the lives and properties of Nigeria from the threats of the kind
of violence that you have described. I think that is what is important.
“Some persons that have been arrested at anytime or the other
have been taken to court. At least, one prominent Senator still has a case to
answer in court and the case is ongoing. One of the things that the security
agencies try not to do is to put everything that they are doing in this regards
in the public domain
Source: Leadership

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