In Borno, Jonathan meets troops, displaced persons from Baga

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday undertook a surprise visit to Maiduguri on the occasion of Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day to meet with officers and men of the Armed Forces currently in the frontline of the war against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

Accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, the National Security Adviser and the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, President Jonathan visited officers and men of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri to thank them for their patriotic and courageous service to the nation.

The President told officers and soldiers of the Division that the nation was very proud of them and grateful for their dedication and commitment to the defence of the civilian population against terrorists and violent extremists.

President Jonathan also assured the troops that the Federal Government will continue to do everything possible to ensure that they get the weapons, equipment, welfare and logistics support they require to completely rout the insurgents and restore full security and normalcy to affected parts of the country.

Describing the troops as a special breed of men who were undertaking a great assignment for their fatherland, the President assured them that all necessary action was being taken to address challenges facing them in their operations against Boko Haram.

“In terms of equipment and logistics, we have already made considerable progress since the insurgency started and we will continue to improve in that regard until your operations are successfully concluded,” he told the soldiers.

President Jonathan also toured wards of the 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services Centre where he met with soldiers recovering from injuries sustained in operations against Boko Haram. He wished them speedy recovery.

Before leaving the Borno State capital, President Jonathan visited over 900 displaced persons from Baga at a camp in the city.

The President commiserated with the displaced persons on the losses they suffered during the attack on their town by Boko Haram.

He promised them that the Federal Government will strive to make their stay in the camps more comfortable while it continues to do all within its powers to restore peace and security to enable them return to their homes soon.

“Terrorism and insurgency have been very traumatic for all of us. I feel particularly disturbed when I hear of our people being displaced within their own country.

“I assure you and other displaced persons that Government is working very hard to ensure that you do not remain in these camps for too long.

“I know that many of your houses have been destroyed. We will assist you financially so that you can rebuild your homes and return to them gradually,” Mr. Jonathan told the displaced persons.

The President thanked the Red Cross and other international organizations who have been assisting in the provision of relief materials to the displaced persons.

He also charged local, state and federal government officials to work with greater harmony and cooperation in rendering support to the displaced persons.

“I do not want to be hearing conflicting reports on support being given to them. Government is one and we must all work together to assist our people whenever the need arises.

“We must cooperate maximally and work together at the local government, state and federal levels to ensure that our people who are unfortunately displaced from their homes get the best possible treatment,” Mr. Jonathan said.

Mr. Jonathan has been criticised over the handling of the fight against the group and his failure to meet with the troops before now.


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  • growthengine

    He has finally done part of his job description. Better late than never….

    • tundemash

      Nice one after 6 years …. maybe he will visit chibok after another 10yrs !

  • Holy Saint

    So he didn’t go to Baga and Chibok?

  • Preco01

    Yeye dey smell, na today?

  • Ifeanyi Chris

    “The President told officers and soldiers of the Division that the nation was very proud of them and grateful for their dedication and commitment to the defence of the civilian population against terrorists and violent extremists.” This man is truly a commander in chief…he has outdone himself this time… Carry go Mr President.

  • dasetima

    What will he be doing in baga and chibok? U dey plan to attack am?

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man. It is just that some people want to make his government ungovernable for him. This they erroneously believe would pave way for them to unseat him and take over from him forcefully. GEJ we will give our vote to continue his good work. GEJ!

    • tundemash

      finaly you lent him your balls or was it the Malema conference that pushed the Otuoke Cl0wn ?

  • Mansur rimi

    GEJ’s visit to see the troops, is a sign of support and this will give them a morale boost, this air part of his plans on how he plans to tackle insurgency if given a second term…GEJ FOR PRESIDENT

    • Yola

      Pls why not use your real name instead.

      • sharp shape

        Are you a psychic how do you know his real name !

  • jonathan

    TOO LITTLE – TOO LATE!

  • tundemash

    Finally , on e-rat has lent his balls to Dumbo or was it the Malema conference that psuhed the Otuoke Cl0wn ?

    • Otile

      Abubakar tundemash, watch your mouth. The soul is terrible thing to lose for imaginary virgins.

  • ilya Abubakar

    GEJ all the way, 2015 is yours , this singular act of appreciation goes a long way in helping our troops, they need this more than anyone in this country. These are men that handle and protect our territory. THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT.

    • Ojukwu Chukwudi

      Look at how gullible you are. With you in this country, Nigeria is finished. Don’t you know this is eyes service because what recently happened in Baga has caused international concerns that is why went their deceive people. The people their have already planned to vote him out.

    • Yola

      Pls use your real name

  • Remi

    Election is close let me see whether I can get some votes here.

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man. It is just that some people
    want to make his government ungovernable for him. This they erroneously
    believe would pave way for them to unseat him and take over from him
    forcefully. GEJ we will give our vote to continue his good work. GEJ!

    • amazing2012

      As you say he is a good man but some people want to tenure ungovernable, but what is he doing to stop them ? Are you voting him for sympathy ? No leadership without enemies, what and how you handle them is what stand as leadership not excuse and weakness. Are you saying we should vote him because of weakness and let this mess continue ? A leader that cannot fire any body ? Cannot blame anybody ? For instance: because of his simplicity, lots of his aids and others useless/hopeless people and organizations are controlling his decision.
      His visit to Borno is a welcome development though almost late. I hope and wish the media will popularize it, at least to understand the effort the government is making. This visit should have come long before, parhaps when the Chibok girls were abducted but people scared him and avoid him to go. Changing Jonathan is to help him, because I assured you some people wants him to remain there for their interest not at his will !

      • Hembe Hembe

        Insurgency is everywhere. In US, Uk, Iran ,Iraq, Afghanistan etc.

        • Mosaku 147

          I hope you know the meaning of insurgency?and that it is different from terrorism?

          • Jon Rhoma

            Exactly. So which one is easier to defeat? If he goes in gun blazing killing everybody you will still be the first to complain. Remember these Boko Haramites are Nigerians who are killing their own brothers and sisters. Can you understand these people’s mentality?

    • Onike24

      If Jonathan is a good man, may your daughter marry a man as ” good” as Jonathan, may your son marry a woman like Patience; may your daughter in law be more in control of things than Patience, may she assist your son the way patience is assisting Jonathan. Say amen.

      • Otile

        What kind of prayer is this? You Mohammedans have made nonsense of what good people know as prayers. Sometimes it is better to listen to the prayers of arna/pagans than to listen to Mohammedan prayers.

        Nyarinya, ki ji ko?

        • peace

          With people like you,Nigeria can never move forward.Your writtings makes people gravitate towards Buhari

        • Onike24

          I don’t engage trolls and you know that but this is the reason Jonathan cannot win, when agents like you deliberately disrespect the faith of others.

      • sharp shape

        Amen !

  • Ihatesycophant

    This is what he suppose to have done since last year to boost the moral of our Armed Forces but some of his bad advisers refused telling him the truth. It’s a good move but came just too late after hundreds gone to their early grave.

  • King Carlos

    Lai Muhammed has been shouting for more than a year , urging Jonathan to visit the borno. His e-rats said APC had plan to attack him. Lai even suggested a surprise visit, just like it’s done by Obama, but our president wasn’t interested. Now he has finally heeded that call, when the seat is getting hot. But it is too late. Nigerians nw know better.

  • Guguru

    This Jonathan man is amazingly evil. He had no plans to do the right thing until he began to see the deluge of a Buhari political campaign machinery. People without the capacity to do the right thing ought to be kicked out. Kick Jonathan out of office, now!

    • Fairgame

      WikiPedia Abuja declaration 1989 – part of it reads:
      “It noted that Muslims in Africa had been deprived of rights to be governed under sharia law and they should strengthen their struggle to reinstate it.[2] The Islam in Africa Organisation (nl) was formally established in July 1991, also in Abuja and it has stated its objectives.[4][5]
      This is what Buhari wants political power for. God forbid! And I forbid it too.

      • Guguru

        When did you crawl into Buhari’s mind to know what he wants to do? People who went to real schools do not depend on Wikipedia for their source of information.

  • Fairgame

    WikiPedia Abuja declaration 1989 – part of it reads:
    “It noted that Muslims in Africa had been deprived of rights to be governed under sharia law and they should strengthen their struggle to reinstate it.[2] The Islam in Africa Organisation (nl) was formally established in July 1991, also in Abuja and it has stated its objectives.[4][5]

    Just google it and read. It is shocking. This is what 2015 election is all about. This is what Buhari wants political power for and publicly stated this. God forbid! And I forbid it too.

  • Fairgame

    WikiPedia Abuja declaration 1989 – part of it reads:
    “It noted that Muslims in Africa had been deprived of rights to be governed under sharia law and they should strengthen their struggle to reinstate it.[2] The Islam in Africa Organisation (nl) was formally established in July 1991, also in Abuja and it has stated its objectives.[4][5]

    This is what 2015 election is all about. This is what Buhari wants political power for. Nigerians cannot be deceived. The wool has been pulled off our eyes. Corruption is fought by establishing strong institutions and use of technology. So no matter what APC Buhari and their praise singers say, we will not be deceived.

  • mohtownd

    A little too late..dis is no time 4 singing songs of praises to Mr.president.. Simply put;he has failed! Hembe hembe or wateva ur name is,I tink ur carried away by sentiments.. We live here,directly or indirectly, we’ve lost friends,families to dis scourge n dere u are sayin he is a nice man.wat has being nice changed? Pls let’s call a spade a spade..let’s put aside sentiments,let’s put Nigeria first and her interest, let’s say black is black wen dey mean to make us say its blue,let’s keep d Nigerian dream alive..let’s not let dem take our freedom away.I love my country n I still believe in her unity,peace n progress…God bless Nigeria, God bless every Nigerian.

  • Thepeople

    The man has just woken up from his sleep, could someone tell the President that the train left along time ago. Each day he gives Nigerians more reasons to kick him out of office, to ask for change. Even his strongest supporters must at times feel like covering their faces in shame at this man’s antics. He simply does not get it even in a room fill of it.

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man. It is just that some people
    want to make his government ungovernable for him. This they erroneously
    believe would pave way for them to unseat him and take over from him
    forcefully. GEJ we will give our vote to continue his good work. GEJ!

    • Guguru

      To help you see the failure of your thinking, going by your logic and Jonathan’s recent action to visit Borno State, were those same people you mentioned responsible for Jonathan’s vehement refusal to visit Borno for over year when it really mattered, and are those same people responsible for making hm change his mind to visit Borno State at a very suspicious and and highly questionable time? Are you suggesting that Jonathan is a robot controlled by forces we are yet to recognize and/or understand? I am surprised you insult the intelligence of the man you claim to be supporting. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Chris1408

      How can anyone make his government ungorvernable when he’s the commander in chief and controls the entire armed forces. Most of you just talk without reasoning, further showing cluelessness of GEJ and his blind followers

    • Warri Boy

      Great Jona for life. He is so naturally humane and unassuming…The other day, he granted audience to ordinary Malala when he could have asked a minister or the VP to see the pikin.

    • blackbaba

      President Jonathan is a good man .It is just that some people around him make his government ungovernable for him.His cronies who loot the treasury and then give him selfish and dumb advices.

  • Umar Dendi

    See, At first it was Malala that made him meet the Chobok Parents, Now Malema has sent him flying to Maiduguri!
    These M’s seem to have an effect on him!

    • Mosaku 147

      Mohammedu will finally sink him.

    • Otile

      Dendi boy, why are you not responding to my comments anymore? Is it because I asked you to convert to Christianity to save your soul? Remember you have only one soul, and the soul is a terrible thing to lose because of imaginary virgins.

    • sharp shape

      Can malala visit the northwest province of Pakistan ? Better still can the president of Pakistan visit the province ? Please stop your propaganda ! GEJis the best president ever in the history of this fraud called Nigeria !

      • Olu from South Africa

        MAY YOUR SOUL AND THAT OF YOUR PAY MASTER ROTTEN IN HELL AS YOU CALLED OUR GREAT NATION, NIGERIA, FRAUD. MAY YOU NOT LIVE TO SEE LIGHT OF THE DAY ANYMORE! Curse to you and you pay master!

        • sharp shape

          See the importance of school ! You can’t even string your sentence together ! May God bless you now go away ! Talking to you is a complete waste of time ! Go to school try to improve your life and stop being an APC e-rat ! Ok son !

          • Olu from South Africa

            You are cursed! Period

          • sharp shape

            Iyalaya e kadara ati ayomo e ti yi gbada ! Oni sho rire laye yi ! Olori ibu omo ale baba e lon ba wi ! Ako bata fulani

          • Olu from South Africa

            Good, you got the message. Believe, your are cursed!

          • sharp shape

            Nigeria the British fraud will scatter insha Allah !

      • Umar Dendi

        If Nigeria is such a fraud, why don’t you declare a republic at Otueke. No one will care after tasting the “Fresh Air” you are promising

        • sharp shape

          Salam alemku ! Very soon my good friend ! Only its going to include the entire SS and Otueke is only a small part of it ! Drum roll ! Ladies and gentlemen behold the Niger Delta Republic and the Republic of Biafra is born ! Insha Allah

  • Chris1408

    Borno people don’t worry, very soon GEJ will be tagged IDP in Otuoke when Nigerians kick him out of Aso Rock to his creek

  • John

    You guys are not being realistic, because he took time to visit, if he had hurriedly gone there , una for begin talk…SMH

  • Chief Ovie Obaro (JP)

    Oh….despite the betrayal of the troops, Goodluck refuses to get angry. See how civilized this man is…this is the same man that was humiliated during Yar adua’s illness….he was not allowed to meet with his boss for over 7 months…until the man died….then and then only was he invited to come see the dead body….yet, in a rare display of forgiveness, mercy and transparent love, he does the unimaginable – praises the same troops that BBC reported only this afternoon, that they (troops) run away from Boko haram. Truly, love is stronger than hate…and indeed a prophet has honour except in his own home.

    This maturity and exquisite display of comportment in the face of brazen antagonism is a rarity in contemporary Nigeria where threats of blood here and there by supposed ‘leaders’ has become ubiquitous. Truly, Dr Jonathan is a beacon of rectitude. Yes. He is!

    • sharp shape

      Kudos for this wonderful piece ! The revisionist can froth rabies from the mouth ! It doesn’t change the fact that GEJ is the best president ever in the history of this fraud called Nigeria !

  • idris

    This is what we asking ,to visit the gallant officers in order to boost their moralle and give some releifs words to IDPS,i think president wakes up from his sleep.

  • Nice Man

    Mr president is not being honest and sincere to Nigeria people especially north east region,he is just doing high service because of many challenges on his head towards coming election, for how long Army officers have being battling the Boko and did not once go to commend them not until now. Honestly I hate the man for not stood by his words being a leader of whole nation. take a look for what he said in 2011 before he was elected after succeeding late president Ya’radua.

    And again OBJ challenge him to answer 5 Questions which he could not say a word: incase if you missed it this as follows:

    Jonathan, tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth:

    (1) Did you agree to run for only one term or not?

    (2) What did you tell me was your reason for not going after Boko Haram insurgents even when I told you this will boomerang?

    (3) What happened to Nigeria’s external reserve and Sovereign Wealth Fund?

    (4) Did you give licence to Niger Delta militants (Dokubo and Tompolo)
    to import arms in the name of their privately owned companies? If so,
    for what reason?

    (5) Did you not get correspondence from the United States consulate that
    a certain citizen named Buruji Kashamu is indicted for drug
    trafficking? Why did you appoint the same Kashamu as South West leader
    of PDP rather than hand him over to the US? And did the PDP give
    automatic Senate ticket to a wanted and convicted drug baron?

    • Mosaku 147

      I believe you. This are the kind of questions Obj can ask,and knowing dumbo for who he is,he will be steering like the mumu that he is with his mouth wide open.

  • Mosaku 147

    I am not impressed. Now he has the guts to visit exactly 1month to elections.too too late.anyway,am sure he went there to bid the troops farewell. He has failed woefully and must exit Aso villa come 29th May.
    Buhari la fe ooooooooooooo!

    • FortB

      If you do not have the records, the president visited Maiduguri last in 2013. Cross check that. This visit was in line with the ongoing Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration. Political leaders globally usually chose this time to visit troops on conflict areas. Everything must not be about politics

  • Uzoma John

    How can a President who does not know his responsible be allowed to be President again? Of all the hew and cries of Nigerians regarding the barbaric BH killings in Baga, Mr Jonathan refused to heed the voice of his own people. Now that a foreigner, Malema of South Africa called a world press conference regarding Mr Jonathan’s irresponsible leadership, by sending condolences to France (where 12 people were killed by terrorists), same President remains mute regarding the death of hundreds if not thousands of his citizens. The trip to Baga now does not make sense. You as a President is canvassing votes from Nigerians for your election- people you don’t give a hoot about, people whose safety and wellbeing you are less concerned about. What a shame. Now that Malema has prompted you, you have reacted, while your e-rats are all over the places abusing the young man. All you GEJ supporters should cover your faces in shame. Recall that it took a teenage Pakistani girl, Malala, for Jonathan to even recognize the parents of the abducted Chibok girls. Nigerians don’t matter to Jonathan and his gang of thieves. Anybody who votes for GEJ in this election requires psychiatric examination, if not they might all be suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency IQ, as passed onto them by GEJ.

  • karl marx

    Malema of south Africa two days ago said Nigerian president is ”irresponsible” for silence over the Baga killings! Is that why Jonathan now traveled to Borno? Its too late! It won’t this time, NEBU is wasting his time going to the North-east because he wants their votes. Rubbish! forget it. GMB/ OSINBAJO are the men to lead us.

    • Have you forgotten that it took a seventeen year-old Malala from Pakistan to convince Nigeria president to meet with parents of the Chibok girls? The president usually needs someone from outside to motivate him to act.

      • Otile

        Islamic terrorism has been ravaging Paki since 1947or whenever. Why hasn’t houris Malala made any dent in curbing the evil in her country? If she ventures to Islamabad or Kandahar to preach her versus she will be captured and treated like a Muslim woman under sharia law.

    • Hembe Hembe

      We know your double standard. Your concern is all about where to get money.

  • Wale

    look at the beds, they’re well made.
    Look at the solders, no signs of injury or trauma.
    Look at the mosquito nets, all folded alike.
    It’s all staged.

  • Naija man

    How come these two ‘wounded soldiers’ are well dressed in their full uniforms on their sick beds? GEJ’s media handlers are so goofy and full of gaffes

    • Otile

      How come Muslims are still killing innocent people is a better question to ask unless you approve their actions.

      • Naija man

        Hi, I am sure you are well read and enlightened enough to know that the issue here is the hurriedly put together visit of the President and arrangee pictures for cheap publicity.
        Unlike you, I am not a supporter of violence in any form or guise not to talk of massacres that are being witnessed across the NE zone against fellow citizens.
        It smacks of sheer stupidity to view my comments from your myopic, biased and unintelligent perspective.
        Unfortunately for e-Rats like you, Reno Omokri and your ilk who troll the internet ‘seeking who to devour’, I am not in your league. Please go get play with water and sand.

  • Mama Carol

    God bless President Jonathan forever and ever, Amen!

  • The picture of this visit speaks volume. Are the two disinterested “wounded” soldiers lying on bed in uniform really wounded and sick or contrived to be wounded? This government is really poor. They cannot convincingly stage-managed the president visiting wounded soldiers. Nollywood could have done better.

    • Yusuf

      my broda i salute your intelligence, army people have different uniform for different purpose including eating and sleeping; this people are relaxing with clean camour. Even if they are sic it should be yellow-fever

  • Yusuf

    Mr. President, u have put yourself in the wrong side of history. History will never forget that you turn your face away while thousands are being massacred daily. The only thing we heard is ‘my enemies are killing each other..’

  • dingo2

    President Jonathan is not willing to fight boko haram because he is afraid for his life. He wants to retire peacefully

  • pheliciti

    Very good intervention from the ever fearless Pope. The West understands that there are limits to freedom of expression otherwise why would the society condemn sportsmen for anti semitic gestures. The problem is the selective nature of the limits. Respect all religions and not just your own. Of course there is no basis for the extremist killings in the name of religion, that is pure madness and is not justifiable by provocation.

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man. It is just that some people
    want to make his government ungovernable for him. This they erroneously
    believe would pave way for them to unseat him and take over from him
    forcefully. GEJ we will give our vote to continue his good work. GEJ!

  • Hembe Hembe

    President Goodluck Jonathan is a good man. It is just that some people
    want to make his government ungovernable for him. This they erroneously
    believe would pave way for them to unseat him and take over from him
    forcefully. GEJ we will give our vote to continue his good work. GEJ!
    APC leaders have hailed him too.