PDP agrees with Jonathan’s stance that Boko Haram is only a local terror group.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in solidarity with President Goodluck Jonathan’s stance in an Interview he had with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour late Wednesday, said the Boko Haram phenomenon is not a product of misrule or poverty, as insinuated in some quarters.
At 11.00 pm on Wednesday, the CNN presenter, Christiane Amanpour, put President Jonathan on the spot when she pressed for clear answers to questions about the enablers of Boko Haram insurgent movements in the country.
President Jonathan, in a bid to extricate his administration from blame for the poor management of the security crisis, had described Boko Haram as a local terror group that had nothing to do with poverty or political misrule.
The PDP, in a statement threw its weight solidly behind the president, saying they are in support of the president’s “forthrightness on national issues, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in his interview with CNN on Wednesday”.
In an attempt to dismiss poverty and misrule as stimulants of the Boko Haram insurgency, the PDP argued that poverty is not a recent phenomenon in the country, and therefore cannot form the basis for the sudden wave of criminal attacks on innocent victims, most of whom live within the poverty bracket.
“The President is right and we fully align with him on his position that Boko Haram is not a product of poverty or misrule as some people are suggesting. We agree with him that it is a local terror group,” the statement said.
“Insurgency increased the same way terrorist activities are escalating in other parts of the world at this time. So it is clear that some people are out to perpetrate acts of terrorism in Nigeria to create a semblance of insecurity as it obtains in other troubled spots of the world”, the party added.
The party said it believes in the efforts by the administration to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians in line with its manifesto and mandate, though it kept mum on the comment by Mr. Jonathan in the interview that Nigerians “are happy with the power situation”.
The president had declared that his administration has achieved tremendous improvement in the level of power generation and distribution in the country, a record he was sure Nigerians would be proud to talk about if CNN visits some major cities to find out.
But, this is a stance a cross-section of Nigerians vehemently disagree with.
The party commended the President for the decision to deploy troops to Mali as part of the nation’s commitment to working with other countries to root out terrorism in the sub-region.
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