Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki has said former President Goodluck Jonathan defeated Boko Haram.
Dasuki who is in detention over alleged mismanagenent of about $2.1 billion meant for purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram said elections would not have taken place in 2015, if Jonathan’s administration had not neutralised the sect.
Dasuki said this in a foreward he personally wrote to a 308-page book titled ‘Boko Haram Media War – An Encounter with the Spymaster,’ authored by Yushau Shuaib, Premium Times reports.
“In fact, without our intervention in ensuring the defeat of Boko Haram, the electorates could not have had the opportunity to exercise their franchise,” Dasuki was quoted in the forward.
“It is a fact that we provided peace and stability that afforded Nigerians, especially in the North-East in voting for their governors, legislators and others in the 2015 elections.
“In the war-front are evident success stories which Shuaib has mentioned in some of the articles that featured in this book, especially on media relations, self-censorship, gallantry in recovering dozens of cities and towns among other declassified revelations,” he said.
The former NSA added that Jonathan’s deployed what he described as “crisis communication to win the heart of the citizens, boost the morale of the troops and weaken the fighting spirit of the terrorists.”
Dasuki said, “In strategic communication for crisis management, especially in confronting the Boko Haram, the media was a major tool in the campaign against the insurgency. There was thorough, timely and responsible reportage of the campaign. Some of the media played very strategic roles at great risk to their lives in the successes recorded, especially by our forces in the war against terrorism.”