Thursday, 26 June 2014

Terrorism: Boko Haram worse than the civil war- Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday reiterated his stance that the ongoing activities of the Boko Haram sect were worse than the Nigeria’s 1967-1970 civil war. The president made this observation while granting audience to a delegation of the College of Bishops of African Church led by the Primate, Most Rev. Emmanuel Udofia, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He however promised that the activities of the sect would soon become history, urging the country to continue to pray. He said, “I have to thank you for your prayers because this country is facing challenges that we never expected. I always say it that apart from those of us from the then Eastern Region who witnessed the effect of the civil war, others may have not witnessed this kind of insecurity in the country. “In the North-East, it is almost like a civil war, it is even more than the civil war because in a civil war you know the battle line. As a Biafran then or Nigerian, you know where to run to. “But this one, you don’t even know where to run to because the enemies are in your chokoto (trousers) pocket. So, it is a problem. But with your prayers ,God has been kind and whatever the enemy contemplates, he will never get there.” He expressed displeasure over the fact that moral and religious education was gradually taking the back seat when ordinarily ,it should be in the front row in national development. The President added, “Terrorism represents negative forces on earth and in human history, negative forces only terrorise people for a while but the light always subdues them with time. “The light will surely subdue the darkness of Boko Haram. The prayers of our religious men and women will surely bring this country out of the dark age of our history.”

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