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Jonathan: Another Knock From Paul Biya

Posted: Aug 3, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah

Former President Goodluck Jonathan might have been applauded for successfully handing over power to opposition party after losing the March 28 presidential elections, but his action and inaction while in office would continue to generate public discourse for a long time. While the nation is yet to come to terms over the revelation of monumental corruption that dominated his tenure as President of the country, the President of Cameroun, Paul Biya’s revelation that Jonathan’s administration encouraged the festering of Boko Haram insurgency, may not have come as news to those who had followed the way the past administration handled the fight against insurgency.  

MnewsBiya made the disclosure last week during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Cameroun in the atttempt to seek a collaborative effort towards fighting terrorism.  The Cameroonian president told Buhari that Jonathan isolated himself from the leaders of Cameroun, Chad and Niger in the effort to tackle Boko Haram. He further complained that Jonathan isolated him to the extent that he could not pick his calls or any call made to him in the effort to seek a collaborative effort in fighting the insurgency.

Biya stated that such attitude created a loophole that gave opportunity for the group to grow without proper challenge. According to Biya, same experience and treatment might have been meted to other leaders of neighbouring countries of Chad and Niger.  He questioned how Nigeria alone would have contained Boko Haram, knowing it is an international terror group with roots and connections in some other countries from where they get into Nigeria and carry out attacks. “This solo handling of the problem did not enable the neighbours put in much to solve the problem until it got this bad,” he said.

Jonathan’s approach to the fight against Boko Haram has been a subject of criticism from both analysts and politicians alike. Many people described the inability of his government to act swiftly when the news of the abduction of Chibok girls by Boko Haram first broke out as responsible for the futile effort to rescue the girls since April 2014.  The poor handling of Boko Haram insurgency could also be responsible for Jonathan’s dismal performance in the northern part of the country during the last presidential elections.  Several accusations were also made against the diversion of money meant for the purchase of military equipment to fight Boko Haram, which the administration did not care to investigate till its exit on May 29.  Many view the renewed vigour to fight insurgency that came few weeks to general elections as political.

They claimed that if such effort and determination were made since 2011 when Jonathan was first elected President, Boko Haram activities that have led to the death, destruction and takeover of some communities would not have happened the way it did.