President Goodluck Jonathan told the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC that he is sure of victory in next Saturday Presidential election, as his party, the People Democratic Party, PDP is ‘still the strongest party’. On the level of violence and the threat of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, President Jonathan said he accepts responsibility for the violence as the President of the country. According to him, whatever goes wrong in the country , I take responsibility and when things goes right, I also take the glory.
The president also said ’I’m very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories that hitherto have been in Boko Haram’s hand’. ‘ We never expected that Boko Haram will build up that kind of capacity. We under-rated their external influence. Since after the civil war , we have not fought any war, we do not manufacture weapons, so we had to look for help to re-equip our army and the air force’.
On the Chibok girls, Jonathan expressed optimism that the 219 school girls were still alive. The President said ‘we have not seen dead girls. That is the good news. I believe they are alive, I believe we will get them’.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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