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I have not fulfilled my election campaign because of Boko Haram’s activities – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday explained the reasons why is administration is moving on a snail speed in terms of performance and why he is yet to fullfill his election campaign promises.
He attributed the security challenges facing the country, most especially Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern region as the major problems which had caused a lot of distraction to his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s led government.
It will be recalled that through the activities of this Islamist sect, thousands of people have been killed during their attacks on churches and bombings of some special places.
Jonathan spoke at the 60th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He described insecurity as the most fundamental issue his administration is grappling with, adding that the challenges have stood in the way of delivering on the ruling party’s campaign promises.
He listed job creation and power supply as priority areas that were meant to be addressed in earnest but which have been overshadowed by insecurity.
Dr. Jonathan, however, expressed the optimism that the challenges posed by the sect would soon reduce, regretting that the relative peace experienced in the last three weeks was punctured by the recent attacks on mourners in Plateau State.
He lamented over the murdered of a senator, Dr. Gyang Dantong and a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Gyang Fulani, during the mass burial of over 100 persons who died in a rash of attacks carried out by rampaging gunmen.
He said “Security is the most fundamental issue, particularly the threat by Boko Haram. But we experienced relative peace in the last three weeks before the last attack in Plateau in which a senator was killed
“Security agencies are working hard on the problem in Plateau and God willing, the issue of Boko Haram will soon come down.”
Taking a swipe at opposition parties, the President attributed what he described as stability in the polity to the robustness of the ruling PDP, which, he said, prevented the republic from collapsing.
President Jonathan said: “The opposition parties want to drown the PDP. We believe that if we do not have a party as robust as the PDP, probably, the republic would have collapsed.
“Because we witnessed what happened in the First Republic and we know the circumstances that led to the collapse of the First Republic and the Second Republic.
“We know what is happening in other African countries. If the ruling party over intimidates and over imposes, using the weight of the Federal Government; and the citizens revolt, it weakens the political system and creates confusion and instability.
“But the PDP, even though, we control the Federal Government, we operate a system that even the opposition fly higher than us. They abuse us more, but we allow it. It is the PDP’s handling of the affairs of the country that is stabilising democracy in the country.”