Vanguard culled some excerpts from the interview in which Jonathan is said to have made the following statement: “Probably at the beginning, we, and I mean myself and the team, we underrated the capacity of Boko Haram.”
The president further stated that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, would be caught before the March 28th elections. “God willing, we will catch (Abubakar) Shekau before the elections,” he said.
In addition, he said:
“We are not saying we must finish Boko Haram to conduct elections, but we should get to a point where they will not cause havoc if they make an attempt… My belief is that by 28th of next month, when the elections will be conducted, Boko Haram may not even be in a position to attack any town, God willing.”