Nigeria’s security apparatus would have remained obsolete with security agents idle and static if not for the emergence of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.
Since its inception in 2009, the extremist sect has killed thousands of Nigerians and foreigners in various coordinated attacks on religious places, government buildings and other public places.
The President also noted that at the time the Boko Haram syndrome crept into the country, if it had been from outside the country, Nigeria would have been history by now.
The President who made the remarks at the Pre-centenary National Praise and Thanksgiving Service at the State House Banquet Hall on Sunday, therefore, thanked God that the Boko Haram phenomenon is a local security threat, adding that if it had been external, it would have been more embarrassing.
He said further that the Boko Haram insurgency has forced government to boost the capacity and infrastructure of the security agencies while enhancing the skills and training of security agents.
According to the President, all the security agencies in the country were idling away and doing nothing prior to the advent of the sect.
He, however, noted that despite the challenges the country is facing, it would move forward with the continued prayers and support of Nigerians.
His words: “With your prayer and continued support, Nigeria will continue to move forward.
“We are now building capacity in terms of training and security architecture to contain security threat because we were challenged by Boko Haram.
“Before the advent of Boko Haram, our security infrastructure was very poor, our security people, Army, Navy, Airforce, Police were all doing nothing. We were challenged by Boko Haram to improve.
“Every day, security chiefs now think of how to continue to improve on capacity building. Maybe God has a reason to use ourselves to challenge ourselves.
“These challenges are coming from within. If they were coming from outside, we would have been embarrassed. God wants us to learn in a detailed way. With our collective prayers and efforts, we shall surely get to where we will get to,” the President said.
Sunday’s event was attended by clergies, ministers and National Assembly leaders.
Abia State Governor, T.A Orji was also in attendance.