by Stanley Azuakola
In March this year, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan was in Seoul, South Korea laying the ground work for Nigeria to become another country with nuclear reactors. While in that country, he granted an interview to the Yonhap news agency, in which he said that by June this year, his government would have overcome Boko Haram. Not many people believed the president then and almost every news report about that interview wondered how the president hoped to achieve that breakthrough in so short a time.
Sadly, twenty days into the much awaited June, one can safely conclude that terrorist activities by the sect have only increased. This month alone, there have been attacks in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna and Nassarawa States. And for the first time since the Boko Haram attacks began, aggrieved Christians in Kaduna staged attacks on innocent Muslims in retaliation to the three Kaduna bombings on Sunday June 17.
It will be recalled however, that shortly after the president made the prediction that Boko Haram scourge would be over by June, media reports emerged that the sect was planning a series of coordinated mass strikes in June to rubbish the president’s prediction.
For instance, read this SaharaReporters report below:
Islamist militant group Boko Haram is planning a series of coordinated mass strikes in June 2012 to prove Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan wrong on his prediction that the activities of the group would be fully curtailed by the end of June.
A source knowledgeable about the groups plot said the group had recently distributed copies of Mr. Jonathan’s speech in Hausa to its various cells to enable the various units prepare for massive attacks on security agencies, party offices and political figures around the northern region.
In particular, the group plans to attack governors Isah Yuguda of Bauchi, Jonah Jang of Plateau; Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State, as well as the former governor of Borno, Modu Sherriff, all of whom it believes are collaborating with security agencies to arrest and kill their members. Also reportedly marked for attack is the Defence Minister, Mohammed Bello.
The source also revealed that due to the sect’s desire for more political acceptance in the region it plans various attacks on the political offices of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nationwide.
SaharaReporters has also learned that the sect is planning to do an internal cleansing by killing those believed to have sold out on other members. Interestingly the sect source also revealed that Boko Haram has now set up an Internet monitoring platform to monitor discussions of their activities.
Nigerians are hoping that the Boko Haram situation can be curtailed quickly as it has severely hampered economic activity in the North and is gradually pitting ordinary Nigerians against each other.