President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday maintained that the violent attacks by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the Northeastern part of the country is worse than the Nigerian Civil War in the Eastern part of the country between 1967 and1970.
He made the remark while receiving a delegation of Bishops of The African Church, led by Emmanuel Udofia at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Comparing the two situations, he said that the civil war had the government armed forces fighting against a known rebel army located in a particular area, while the Boko Haram is like an enemy within, right in our “sokoto pockets”.
Despite the present challenges, he assured that Nigeria would overcome the menace of Boko Haram as ‘light’ will surely subdue ‘darkness’.
He urged the clerics to continue with their prayers for the country, which he noted have kept Nigeria from being divided by the terrorists.
The president also pointed out that moral and religious education has taken the back seat in the nation’s educational system, which has resulted in many negative behaviours in the country.
He promised that his administration would continue to improve the welfare of Nigerians.
Jonathan said: “I have to thank you for your prayers because this country is facing challenges that we never expected. I always say it that apart from those of us from the eastern region who witnessed the effect of the civil war people may have not witnessed this kind of insecurity in the country. In the north east it is almost like a civil war, it is even more than the civil war because in a civil war you know the battle line, either a Biafran or Nigerian, you know where to run to. But this one you don’t even know where to run to because the enemies are in your Sokoto pocket.”
“So, it is a problem. But with your prayers God has been kind and whatever the enemy contemplates he will never get there. Thank you for your prayers and I urge to continue to pray for us, continue to pray for the government and I promise we will continue to do our best.” He stated
Speaking earlier, Udofia said that the Boko Haram menace has been the most unfortunate affront on Jonathan’s administration despite the humane and all-inclusive approach of the government.
He said: “This ordinarily should have been appreciated by Nigerians if these barbaric killings, maiming and destroying of innocent people and property have stopped.”
“Since the dawn of these ugly and demonic attacks, you have been so magnanimous by applying the carrot and stick measure, yet the bombings have escalated but certainly not beyond God’s control.”
“The religious connotations to all these insurgencies are most disturbing. To my mind, this is largely responsible for the continued spread and strength of these terrorist activities in the North Eastern part of Nigeria in particular”, he added
He accused some security agents of supporting the terrorists but prayed that God would imbue Jonathan with the wisdom to outsmart the insurgents and their sympathisers.
“Some of the security agents charged with the responsibilities of combating them are silently sympathetic to Boko Haram. Our hope to bring an end to Boko Haram lies in our God Almighty who is the Mighty Man in Battle and ever present help of His people in times of trouble.”
“Psalm 46 says He will fill you with His spirit of wisdom to overcome this menace in Jesus name. Amen”. He stated