President Goodluck Jonathan has finally commented on who he thinks members of the deadly Islamic sect (Boko Haram) are, saying the group has successfully infiltrated the three arms of government at the federal level and security agencies.
He revealed this on Sunday, at a remembrance church service to mark the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. He, however vowed to stem the menace shortly.
In his words, “Some of them (Boko Haram sect) are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary”.
“Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies.”
“The situation is even worse than the civil war that we fought. It is a period we also call on the armed forces, including those that have retired, to join hands with their colleagues that are still in service and government to see how collectively we can protect our nation. I believe we will overcome our immediate challenges. The situation we have in our hands is even worse than the civil war that we fought.
“During the civil war, we knew and we could even predict where the enemy was coming from… But the challenge we have today is more complicated,” Mr Jonathan said.
He added, “Somebody said that the situation is so bad that even if one’s son is a member, one will not even know. That means that if the person will plant a bomb behind your house, you won’t know.”
“That means that if the person will plant a bomb behind your house, you won’t know. That is how complex the situation is. Our security services are trying because as the president, I know what they are doing. Nigerians may not appreciate their efforts especially when you know that we are underpoliced. We have a police force that is about 300,000 in number.
“I assure Nigerians that we shall get over it. We are meeting everyday and we are planning. We are going to increase the strength and the capacity of the security services to confront the modern challenges we face.”
“It is a period we also call on the armed forces, including those that have retired, to join hands with their colleagues that are still in service and government to see how collectively we can protect our nation. I believe we will overcome our immediate challenges. The situation we have in our hands is even worse than the civil war that we fought.
Meanwhile, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday, urged Christians and their Muslim counterparts to work hand-in-hand to find a way to eradicate the menace of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country.
Adeboye made the appeal through one of his Special Assistants on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola at the church national headquarters in Ebute Meta in Lagos after a special prayer session for the peace of the country which doubled as the church’s New Year thanksgiving service.
The cleric also said it was imperative for Nigerians to be security conscious in their activities as he assured the citizens that God would not abandon the nation and her citizens at this crucial period because Nigeria is strategic to God end-time agenda and therefore He is in absolute control of our affairs.
In his words: “Christians and Muslims in Nigeria should cooperate to eradicate the challenges caused by Islamic sect, Boko Haram.”
Nigerians should know that no normal human being would decide to bomb fellow Nigerians. I think these sets of people are foreigners who determined to cause problem in our nation. Therefore, we should not only blame the problem on northern elite alone but we must as stakeholders in the Nigerian project look out for a way forward for the nation. In addition, Nigerians must be security conscious,” Adeboye said.
President Jonathan also identified the twin evils of greed and selfishness which are the single largest breeders of corruption, as the greatest challenges militating against the nation’s economic progress in the 21st century, saying the greed of one man can lead to the corruption of a whole nation.