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I told Jonathan about Boko Haram’s grievances but he didn’t believe it was serious – Obasanjo



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Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan did not nip Boko Haram insurgency in the bud in its early days, hence the big problem the country is facing now.

“We did not do what we should have done when we should have done it. We left it to become a very very intractable problem,” Obasanjo said in an interview with BBC on Sunday.

“I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening. Boko haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan. Jonathan didn’t believe that Boko Haram was a serious issue. He thought that it was a device by the North to prevent him from continuing as president of Nigeria which was rather unfortunate.

Even when Chibok girls were abducted, it took a while for the government to believe. Now if that is the situation, you can understand why the right attention was not paid to the issue of Boko Haram when it should have been paid.

Boko Haram will not be over. It started from a position of gross under-development, unemployment, youth frustration in the north-east. So we must be treating the disease not the symptom,” Obasanjo said.

Obasanjo has also said that Biafra agitators have grievances and he does not blame them for seeking self-determination. He however, said that Biafra is not the answer, adding that the anwer is for the country to work as it should be.


  1. nene+

    September 12, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Baba Iyabo is Jonathan still in govt? Oya please grow small ball and blame Buharis apparent overlapping ineptitude right, left and centre.

    Buhari is in power and you have joined the A PC zone B to deposit your manhood in chest freezers? Ogaaooo
    Buhari has nipped the Biafra, Shi a and NDA aggitators in the bud? Wehdone sir! Cowardice ???everywhere.

  2. kkay

    September 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Same ‘Blame it on Jonathan Syndrome’. BROKEN RECORD!
    I read an article some years ago that when you were in power, you went to Borno State to meet with the Governor and the first founder of Boko Haram at it’s budding stage.. HOW COME YOU DIDN’T NIP ‘OFF’ THE BUD?
    If I remember correctly, the issues in the article were using the locals for politics but denying them the “promised positions” because ‘they didn’t go to school’- hence their mantra, BOKO HARAM!

    I also read the founder’s land was taken over bu the State government then. HOW COME IT WASN’T NIPPED IN THE BUD?

    Who funded and equipped Boko Haram? IT WASN’T NIPPED IN THE BUD!

    Please, we are tired of listening to all our leaders WHO HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GIVE NIGERIA STEADY POWER SUPPLY IN OVER 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE!!! Is that Rocket Science????

  3. enny

    September 12, 2017 at 10:19 am

    @nene nawa for u oo,it was an interview by bbc.what has pmb got to do with bharam.borrow ursef some brain small.

    • FasholasLover

      September 12, 2017 at 10:38 am

      You should grow some grey matter. Nene+ has the gumption to say the truth. Do you? What grievance does a terrorist group have? Now that the messiah is in office, how come their grievance of unemployment etc hasn’t been resolved?. The North wanted power at all cost , now it has power the hydra headed monster it bred has refused to be contained. Biko, leave GEJ out of this. Baba Iyabo speaks from both sides of the mouth.. So, it was an interview – must he lie? Senile old men who have refused to die yet, will not let the polity have peace.

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