Boko Haram’s Activities Is Responsible for My Slow Performance – Jonathan
The President made the confession at the 60th National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, which held at the party secretariat in Abuja.
He attributed the security challenges facing the country, most especially the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern region to as the major problems which has caused a lot of distraction to his People Democratic Party (PDP)’s led government.
The President told senior party members that although he had promised to focus on job creation and power, he had been forced to change government policy to focus on security due to the activities of the violent militant sect.
“During [the electoral] campaign, our emphasis was more on job creation, power but now what worries us most is security,” he said. “This is because you must be alive before you will eat food”
He described security as “very, very fundamental,” saying, “If you are not safe, you can’t even think of hunger because a dead person does not need food.”
Security is the most fundamental issue, particularly the threat by Boko Haram, but we have experienced relative peace in the last three weeks before the last attack in Plateau in which a Senator was killed, Jonathan said.
He however expressed optimism that the security challenges posed by the sect would soon reduce as there has been relative peace in the country until the unfortunate incidence in Jos. “Security agencies are working hard on problem in Plateau and God willing, the issue of Boko Hara will soon come down.