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Thursday, November 3, 2016

READ ALSO: Osinbajo stuns Jonathan, sayshe was never ready to defeat Boko Haram

– Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has lashed
out at former President Goodluck Jonathan
over the handling of insurgency during his
tenure
– He said Mr Jonathan was never committed
to ending the Boko Haram insurgency, thus
the spread of the terrorist and kidnapping of
several persons in the North-East
– The VP said the Buhari’s Presidency has
effectively dislodged the sect from all the
local governments they once held and had
retreated into the Sambisa Forest
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has
lashed out at former President Goodluck
Jonathan over the handling of insurgency
during his tenure.
Mr Osinbajo said Mr Jonathan was never
committed to ending the Boko Haram
insurgency, thus the spread of the terrorist
and kidnapping of several persons in the
North-East.
Osinbajo said this in a lecture titled, “The
unraveling of Boko Haram and the rebuilding
of the North-East of Nigeria” which he
delivered at the Harvard University’s
Weatherland Centre for International Affairs,
United States.
He said it was not until the abduction of
more than 200 secondary schoolgirls from
their dormitories in Chibok that public
outrage against Jonathan’s government’s
inept handling of the insurgency reached its
peak.
The Vice-President added, “Secondly, the
ruling party also somewhat cynically seemed
to have considered that since BH attacks
were actually in the heartland of the
opposition it was not necessarily an
unwelcome development as it could only
weaken the opposition.
“Third, extensive corruption in arms
procurement estimated at about $15bn,
ensured that the military remained poorly
equipped and demoralised.
“A number of well-publicized mutinies
occurred and troops involved were taken
through widely unpopular court-martials.
“As the government dithered and equivocated
BH proceeded to realize the objective of
occupying territory and establishing Islamist
states in Nigeria and in the Lake Chad basin.
“In Borno State alone, it occupied and hoisted
its flag in 20 of the 27 Local Government
Areas that constituted the state. In Adamawa
State, BH took Mubi and some villages in
Yobe State.”
The VP said within six months of Buhari’s
Presidency, the sect had been effectively
dislodged from all the local governments they
once held and had retreated into the Sambisa
Forest and the northern border towns and
villages.
He said the terrorists’ military capacity had
been severely degraded and their supply lines
effectively blocked.

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