by Isi Esene
President Goodluck Jonathan has today explained why he seems to have deviated from his campaign promises of job creation, provision of infrastructure, food security, and constant power supply.
According to SaharaReporters, the president admitted that he was distracted by the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect and he expressed hope that the violence will eventually ebb.
Dr. Jonathan made the confession at the 60th National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “During [presidential] campaign, our emphasis was more on job creation, power, but now what worries us most is security. This is because you must be alive before you will eat food.”
He described security as “very, very fundamental,” saying, “If you are not safe, you can’t even think of hunger because a dead person does not need food.”
Mr. President explained that though he made many promises to Nigerians during his campaign he has now been forced to change government policy to focus on security due to the activities of the violent militant sect.
He continued saying, “If you look at this issue of Boko Haram, for the past three weeks, except the incident in Plateau State, which of course is unfortunate but has nothing to do with Boko Haram, we will continue to work with Governor Jonah Jang and other leaders from the state to make sure that we resolve the crisis in Plateau State. That has nothing to do with Boko Haram.”
“But outside that, we would see that there are some trends, there is some hope and God willing, the issue of Boko Haram will also come down.”
President Jonathan had assured Nigerians a few months ago that the Boko Haram crisis will end in June.