Why Nigeria has not defeated Boko Haram – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said that terrorism and kidnapping were still major national challenges because Nigerians had not united against them as they did against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

Mr. Jonathan made the statement at an inter-denominational church service at the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, to mark the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary coming up on Wednesday.

He said Nigeria was able to fight and defeat Ebola because citizens united against the virus irrespective of political persuasion, religion, or ethnic origin.

The president appealed for unity among Nigerians, noting that there was no problem or challenge that could withstand the force of a united Nigeria.

“Take the case of Ebola for example; this is a good example all Nigerians must learn from.

“When Patrick Sawyer brought Ebola to Nigeria, it was in Lagos that this incidence happened and in terms of politics, Lagos is an opposition party state but the central government is the ruling party.

“From Lagos Ebola moved to Rivers State, also opposition party state.

“But because all Nigerians fought Ebola irrespective of political persuasion, irrespective of religion, irrespective of ethnicity, as individuals we defeated the disease,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan commended the military and other security services for the successes they had recorded in the counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram insurgents despite what he called internal sabotage.

He noted that what the security agencies needed was the support and encouragement of all Nigerians to rid the country of terrorists and other enemies of the Nigerian state.

The president frowned at inflammatory statements and utterances of some politicians and called for restraint in the interest the country.

“We will not require people to come from heaven or other countries to solve our problems. What we require from our brothers and sisters is to encourage our military because it is not easy.

“When people are sleeping in their houses at night, they are busy fighting. Bullets are not badminton rackets or something.

“When I listen to some statements made by some people who call themselves leaders, I feel sad for the country.

“We must believe that we do not have any other country outside of Nigeria,’’ he said.

In his sermon, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ayo Oristejafor, said that most of the challenges confronting the country were self-inflicted.

He noted that corruption and terrorism, which he described as `the greatest’ problems facing the country, were created by greedy politicians and extreme religious ideologists.

According to him, corruption is fed by greed, which in turn is rooted in poverty mentality.

He defined poverty mentality as the thinking that what one had was not enough.

Mr. Oristejafor said he differed with the school of thought that terrorism was caused by poverty.

According to him, terrorism is caused by extreme religious ideology.

The CAN president, who based his message on Mark 4:35 to 41, said that Nigeria was a boat built by God that could never sink.

He said that as Jesus calmed the storm that threatened the boat conveying Him and His disciples across Lake Galilee, God would take the country through its current challenges and restore peace to the land.

Mr. Oristejafor, who is enmeshed in $9.3 million money for arms scandal, warned trouble-makers to either repent and retrace their steps or be ready to face God’s judgment.

Justice Walter Onoghen took the First Reading drawn from 1 Samuel 30:1-19.

The Second Reading, taken from Mark 4:34-41, was taken by the President of the Senate, David Mark.

Other dignitaries who attended the service included the First Lady, Patience Jonathan; the president’s mother, Eunice Jonathan; and former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon.

Ernest Shonekan, Head of the Interim National Government; top federal government functionaries, Service Chiefs, state governors, members of the clergy, among others, also attended the service.

(NAN)


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  • Rolly

    Where the spirit of deceit is; there, the spirit of God cannot be.

  • Tunsj

    So Nigerians must unite before the federal government will fight and destroy Boko Haram? This guy lacks leadership.

    • ifebuche

      You lack a working bra1n.

      • Tunsj

        Nonsense. Dr.Brain.

    • Abel Wariboko

      I think you missed the point what of military men and civilians sabotaging the president’s efforts?

      • Tunsj

        Can you please provide the proof that the military men and civilians are sabotaging GEJ efforts? It is his duty to find out the military men sabotaging his efforts and fire them on the spot.

        • Adewale M Oyewole

          God bless you and multiply your wisdom

        • redeem

          Jonathan is the best thing to happen to Nigeria–if he had been like buhari——–atiku——or tambuwal—–every arm of the security outfits would have had a fulani as head–at least as the (go to–)—————–even without such an arragement-in place the fulanis via obj are saying Jonathan is training snipers–to kill tinubu———————————he has not appointed any ijaw man as the head of the various command post–fighting with boko haram-in the core fulani north————there has to be a very high level of trust–we saw the army officer who worked with buhari ibb–ati obj at least———————————————————–that is why the boko haram war is taking us so long———what we have are emirs ati agents of the sultan——who would rather allege jonathan is killing muslims themn condemn the ongoing killings by boko haram————————-the current changes we are seeing is because of the awoooooooooooooooooooooof 1b loan the fulanis urged him to take so that they can share—-b4 2015——if not how can u borrow 1b dollars to fight a rag tag army like boko haram———————————————–aware the money is coming from the zone filled with mumuus————in the south south————————who cannot even muster the courage to challenge the janjaweeds in APC ati the fulani north——————————-to a dual of idea like Ken ati boro——-because we yearn to have Zonathan as president————–

          • Nigerlite

            That’s why u have minima as Cheif ba?

          • zaragoza

            Hey Son of gurumaraji jonathan is the worst that has ever happen to Nigeria and Nigerians. During his tenure everything became worst, no accountability, politician’s embezzle like it’s a competition, Nigerians are butchered daily like natural disaster, poverty level has gone sky high, for the first time in history Nigerians are divided like never before what’s jona response to all this “stealing is not corruption”. You can try as best as you to distort the fact, but history will judge you and your pay master for immense damage that delt out to Nigeria and its economy.

          • Salim

            Amen

          • concerned9ja

            Jonadumb is the best thing to happen to your pocket. Never mind. By next year, u would become jobless and return to the creeks to get busy with your kidnappings again. Good luck.

          • Tunsj

            You are entitled to your opinion. But at the same time, I respect your opinion.

    • GoodCitizen

      Read your comment again and judge whether you made any contribution. What is wrong in that message of unity? Did Kenyan fight terrorists that attacked the shopping mall as one or not? American are united in their fight against terror but some of us are bent on opposing any united effort to move us forward. It’s a pity. Comment for the sake of it is not what need to succeed.

      • redeem

        its only in Nigeria that we have the fulanis–like buhari————- tambuwal ———atiku———– kwankawso——- ati sultan tow a different line

        • Nigerlite

          Nah it’s u guys niger deltans that do that

        • Salim

          so they should migrate? it’s only in Nigeria that we have a comedian like ———- “redeem”

          • Nigerian

            Redeem is more of a Lunatic than a comedian. Ogogoro has damaged his brain. Don’t you see the kinds of comments he posts and how he types them?

    • mike

      But you cant fight nothing where there is no unity, bro. Dont always comment because you want to say something, think first. In US where i am, citizens are begged to provide information that will aid the police track down criminals

    • redeem

      na waoh so we still have such a mind in Nigeria—————-in APC abi

    • Wähala

      There must be unity even in a football team… pal, you’re wrong there!

      • Tunsj

        Wahala, what I’m saying is that the President has the right to fire any military officer that is not cooperating to fight those terrorists. I know that the Nigerian people are united and they will support the President to go after Boko Haram. He should also expose those that are supporting BH.

  • Alabaman

    What about Super Eagles? We are alway United when we play other countries but we havent defeated any country for a long time. Why ???

    • redeem

      Did Jonathan not win the African cup of nation for Nigeria after staying in the wilderness for over 18 years–waiting for the cup

      • Wähala

        Stop dis your cheap lies and propaganda… God stopped Dr. Dumbo from going to South Africa that weekend (after he was hospitalized in a London clinic for “further observations” after he developed stomach flu from Og)… so, don’t give him credit where he does not deserve it. All glory goes to Okechukwu Keshi !!!

        • redeem

          are u insane——–this wahala do u ever think at all ——-if Jonathan wanted to travel with such a huge amount of money none would search his luggage–its against protocol———-if mumus like u don’t know and is it pastor Ayos jet that he would fly to south Africa with–don’t we have official federal government planes with our seal of authority on it–sack dasuki ati gusau

          • Wähala

            It is your paranoia that has driven you insane, not me. What I mean is that he did not go to South Africa because his Badluck would have bewitched our boys and Keshi would not have won that cup. Stop rushing to gulp ogogoro, it beclouds your mind… Ask your bros that question about all the jets in our presidential fleet, why charter another jet from a company owned by fake pastor, Oritsejafor? So far, no security agency has claimed responsibility for ordering illegal arms from a non-licensed gun dealer… so, the Zulus are investigating it as “money laundering” which every sane person worldwide knows it to be. Don’t rush that Og. yet, the court case will soon clear the cobweb and we shall all know the identities of the two no-name Nigerians, methinks na…

  • Sunkani

    Mr ayo oritsejafor has no moral sense to preach about corruption and greed as he is now a symbol and reference to all of these things he was talking about.
    He should have talk about how to launder money to foreign lands as this is his area of specialization.

    • redeem

      was the money traced to his kitchen———————or his toilet——-in south africa————-APC should stop looking for excuses all over the place——————the NSA Dasuki is a Fulani and was involved in ferrying the money to south africa-what actually happened was that some rogues decided to set up the team because the money did not pass through their fingers——-that dasuki ati gusau—may be some of u do not even understand the meaning of money laundering——-do u launder money with the aid of an Israeli——–given the road road blocks the fulani north put in the way of the country with regards to the purchase of arms————————————

      • zaragoza

        Due to the way and manner you comments I deduce you are paid base on the number of comments you replies. You can defend anything and at the same time defending nothing. May u end up like Ayo Orisetjafor the man wit no iota of respect both home and abroad.

  • redeem

    What a great talk—————yes oooooooooooooooh—the boko haram war has not been won because of our tribal—-zonal–regional–ati religious marks———-why——–must Nigerians joy to see boko haram——– kill fellow Nigerians in Borno—Has any of the socalled civil society groups—— based in the north ati the south west——–ever carried or displayed their regional hashtags——-against the killing machine of boko haram for one day? Are they not happy–grinning from ear to ear—and slapping themselves on the back whenever the newspapers——- splash their fromt pages with the news of the death of——————-500 Nigerians slaughtered again by boko haram——–in Borno state-?—–Are they not often excited—-such number of humans killed in d north? —–simply -because it gives them the much needed voice to blame the president for the killings or describe him as weakling——————then allege that is why atiku is better than buhari————unaware both are fulanis———–that is also when u see the erewa elders club——of the fulani north——-shout about security matters——–look at the gathering of APC agents in sokoto for the turbaning of tambuwal–was any bomb exploded———-by boko haram————————–naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa————————thank God they told the armed wing of APC in boko haram ——not to throw their rusty bombs around——if not it would have been another–story all together———–that it was Jonathan who wanted the sultan——– buhari ——atiku—— tinubu—emir of kano ati tambuwal dead——–all because an ijaw manu is in power–without power—————-biko–let us have the courage to split—pls fellow 9jas—–time for us to call for separation is now———–

  • OMOBA

    Pls don’t waste ur time responding to Tunsj because average hausa man have low level of understanding with highest level of illiteracy in the country

    • Nigerlite

      That’s why dangote is number one shebi

      • Alhaji yusuf

        Number one in knowledge or saving stolen money for IBB and OBJ?

        • Nigerlite

          Ok let’s agree is ibb and obj’s stolen money ko what about the onee that have been stealing from niger delta what have done with it, abeg ask your self that question first

  • Wähala

    Good that fake Ayo Oritsejafor has been tamed to read from prepared script, but his definition of poverty is miles away from the truth… poverty is, “have-nots” in any society. Poorest of the poor… na Mother Theresa crowd. While those who don’t believe they’ve stolen enough are simply put, psychiatric patients, mentally retarded… Aro! Oritsejafor defining “poverty mentality” as insatiable greed does injustice to legitimate billionaires like Bill Gates, who have not retired because of excess cash… Dr. Dumbo on the other hand comparing terrorism to Ebola couldn’t also be too far from the truth like his Spiritual Leader of Criminality, fake pastor Oritsejafor. Efficient APC state Governors contained the spread of the virus because the infrastructure are there and not stolen like in PDP states, Govs. Amaechi ati Fashola are educated lawyers and energetic leaders with proven tracks of achievements. So, Dr. Dumbo is wrong to reap where he did not sow. He stole Amaechi’s oyel fields and gave it to Bayelsa State, has not completed the Apapa wharf road nor Lagos-Badagry Express… so, without any tangible federal presence in Eko ati Pitakwa, he’s also off the mark like fake Ayo who misinterpreted the Gospel according to St. Mark !!!

    • redeem

      did rivers state not accept the 200m Jonathan sent to them–what about lagos state–did they not jump twice when the same jonathan they are insulting because of their desire to clinch power offered them money–200m———–what did fashola say—that he cannot contain the ebola virus because there was no money–when government released funds did u hear them shout———————-again

      • Wähala

        The money was from WHO and Ban Ki Moon…
        left to Dr. Dumbo, he would have pocketed it as usual. Just like the UN is funding portable drinking water projects in Pitakwa, tomorrow you and your gang of spinners will claim it as Dumbo’s achievement to his SS bros. Go-siddon! A clown who claimed he gave late Dim Ojukwu, “state burial” as part of his favors and fulfillment of his campaign promises to Ndigbo in Diaspora. Madness! No wonder they returned a negative verdict on him and urged home-based Ibos to consider other options and vote out your moron. Drunkards!

        • eobrat

          That’s not true. International organizations do not hand money over to governments. Whatever service in terms of aid they wish to provide a country is directly contracted and paid by them to the contractors providing the service. Nowhere in the world will WHO or the UN hand over money to any government. Dumbo

          • Wähala

            Is the World Bank not part of an international organization? They’re paying for Amaechi’s portable drinking water not your village chief… how much is N200million naira… $1million dollars? You’re sick!

    • the truth

      It is unfortunate that u do not give credit when credit is due.the Nigerian government fought Ebola like no other country.even Dr sanjay gupta a renowned doctor and cnns medical correspondent gave credit to Nigerian government.even who and UN have praised the Nigerian government,but for you to rubbish all of that is disheartening.Gove credit to who deserves it.u may dislike Jonathan but when he has done well raise your cap and say u did well.respect sir

      • Wähala

        Don’t be childish. Have you ever heard the UN or countries praising a state within another country? Of course, all you hear is in Nigeria dis-n-dat. Do you hear them talk about PDP or APC…all? All you hear is in Nigeria, the political will to fight Boko Haram is not there. But, on who does that will to end the kidnapping lie?Go-siddon! Dumbo does not deserve a word of praise if you ask me… his sins outweigh any goods he may have done in your eyes. Do you know Hitler’s greatest contribution to mankind and civilization is never credited to him… guess what it is ???

      • Mohstone

        “Gove credit to who deserves it.” Ok we will gove him credit. But please tell us the meaning of “Gove” first. Am seeing it for the first time.

  • redeem

    Gen Buhari Explains How Boko Haram Started.

    “It is Unfair to Kill their members…..after all Niger/Delta militants were not killed at their time of trouble”

    General Muhammadu Buhari is urging the Federal Government to stop the ongoing clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents in the North saying because the the Niger Delta Militants were not killed when they were tormenting the country. Speaking as a guest on the Liberty Radio programme recently, Buhari took us down memory lane and explains how Boko Haram started.

    Excerpts:
    “…….What is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

    “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to win their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win elections by force.

    “After the elections were over, they asked the boys to return the guns; the boys refused to return the guns. Because of that, the allowance that was being given to the youths by the governors during that time was stopped.

    “The youths resorted to kidnapping oil workers and were collecting dollars as ransom. Now a boy of 18 to 20 years was getting about 500 dollars in a week, why will he go to school and spend 20 years to study and then come back and get employed by government to be paid N100,000 a month, that is if he is lucky to get employment.

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    I do not see Mr. President giving the LASG the credit it deserves for mounting a very spirited fight against the Ebola virus disease. And that is very unfortunate. The FGN cannot claim more credit for containing the virus when the credit should go to the LASG and the gallant staff of First Consultants Medical Center, Lagos. I would therefore write off GEJ comments on this issue.

  • Ogom

    Trained doctors fight ebola, while the nigerian army fights boko haram.. Do the math.

  • Guguru

    Jonathan is actively seeking to push the blame on others. he never accepts responsibility for his failure of leadership People who do not accept responsibility are people who largely live a life of impunity.

  • Bassey Eniang

    Ebola has brought to sharp focus, the state of our nation. It has also shown that, faced with threat of annihilation, Nigeria can survive.. if the right leadership is in place and the people are united by a common sense of purpose… survival! Many thanks to the Government of Lagos State who provided quality leadership, foresight in re-inventing the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health. I also observed seamless operations between Lagos State and Federal Ministries of Health, evidence that critical national issues and challenges can be addressed regardless of party politics and opposing political ideology. We survived the Ebola threat also because there was no compromise.. trained and competent hands were in charge… we had not choice and this was not “debatable”. Try to “politicize” Ebola Virus Disease and see what happens! Threats and opportunities are two sides of the same coin. Ebola (threat) has thrown up opportunities (change the template/format we use in managing public affairs). Life is not all about politics and money, selah! One of the best Nigerians I came to know, a very competent professional, displayed selfless leadership quality, accepted to die that others may live. Can our politicians borrow a leaf from Ameyo Adadevoh… please?

  • Bassey Eniang

    Ebola has brought to sharp focus, the state of our nation. It has also
    shown that, faced with threat of annihilation, Nigeria can survive.. if
    the right leadership is in place and the people are united by a common
    sense of purpose… survival! Many thanks to the Government of Lagos
    State who provided quality leadership, foresight in re-inventing the
    Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health. I also observed
    seamless operations between Lagos State and Federal Ministries of
    Health, evidence that critical national issues and challenges can be
    addressed regardless of party politics and opposing political ideology.
    We survived the Ebola threat also because there was no compromise..
    trained and competent hands were in charge… we had no choice and this
    was not “debatable”. Try to “politicize” Ebola Virus Disease and see
    what happens! Threats and opportunities are two sides of the same coin.
    Ebola (threat) has thrown up opportunities (change the template/format
    we use in managing public affairs). Life is not all about politics and
    money, selah! One of the best Nigerians I came to know, a very competent
    professional, displayed selfless leadership quality, accepted to die
    that others may live. Can our politicians borrow a leaf from Ameyo

  • kick ’em out

    Mr. GREAT EVIL JONAHARAM ( GEJ ), How can Nigeria defeat Boko Haram with you as their sponsor? How can Nigeria defeat BH with you dining and wining with the MAD SHERRIF, IHEJERICRIMINAL, OLETSEJAFOR and ASARI DUMBKUBO, your co-sponsors and arms suppliers of BH? How can Nigeria defeat BH with your Ogogoro brain?

  • Chris1408

    CDC and WHO managed the Ebola situation in Nigeria. They should get the credit. Actually nobody knows how many of them are still out there, just like the ECOWAS employee that escaped to PH, and was never accounted for until people were infected in PH. However, left to GEJ administration to manage, half of Nigerians would’ve been dead by now. Also, GEJ needs to quit blaming others for his failure and accept his responsibilities.

    • Tunsj

      Chris1408, you took the words right out of my mouth. Good comment.

    • Wazobia

      And Lagos State Govt. did nothing I guess. Speak truth always

    • elmok

      why didnt you WHO manage the case in Liberia, guinea and other west african countries where Ebola started or are they not there

      • Chris1408

        Good Question. By the time the world knew what was happening in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone it was already an epidemic. It becomes very hard to control. However the quick intervention of WHO and CDC prevented it from been a pandemic.

    • Bisi Lasisi

      I said this Ibekwe people don come. For God sake why do you guys hate the president and his government to an extent no to appreciate the good work. Even America acknowledge the Nigeria Government for the way it managed the Ebola Matter. Perhaps Chris was sleeping then. Keep on with the good work Mr President

    • Truth

      You are making sense at all. Why can’t you ever credit when it’s due.

  • New Jersey

    Ayo, Nigerians are leaving you with God to judge. God is the judge of all things and everybody. Nobody is above His judgement.