The immediate past president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan; has implored Nigerians to support efforts of the the current government in its fight against terrorism.
His call was contained in a series of tweets on the back of the Boko Haram in Adamawa State on Friday, an attack that reportedly led to death of over 20 mourners at a funeral, ‘‘I condole with the families of those killed in Adamawa by terrorists. I urge all Nigerians to support the FG in its fight against terrorism,’‘ he tweeted.
I condole with the families of those killed in Adamawa by terrorists. I urge all Nigerians to support the FG in its fight against terrorism— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) June 17, 2016
I condole with the families of those killed in Adamawa by terrorists. I urge Nigerians to support the FG in its fight against terrorism.
He also had words of praise for the Nigerian security forces engaged in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, ‘‘I also salute our security forces who are doing so much to protect us. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude. May God bless Nigeria,’‘ he added.
It is widely believed that under his tenure, Goodluck Jonathan did very little to combat the Boko Haram insurgency which reached its peak under his tenure, partly because funds meant to equip the military were embezzled.
Jonathan also extended condolences the United States and victims of the Pulse gay club in Orlando where a lone gunman is believed to have shot and killed over 50 people.
‘‘Wherever it occurs, terrorism affects all because none of us are safe until all of us are safe. As such we must unite against global terror,’‘ Jonathan said.
Army onslaught since Buhari became President
The Army has intensified combat with Boko Haram since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power. The army and government insists that a ‘technical victory’ had been won against the terrorists who currently are not in charge of any LGA in the three worst hit states, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
An operation code named ‘Lafiya Doole’ – Peace is a necessity – has seen the Army take the fight to Boko Haram on land and partly through the Air Force. The Army claims the terrorists are now restricted to the Sambisa forest which the army is clearing gradually.
Boko Haram is fighting for the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in the country’s north. The group’s attacks has also affected countries within the Lake Chad region, Niger, Chad and Cameroon’s far north have been severely hit by their actions.
A lot of infrastructure have been damaged across the region, thousands of lives lost due to their activities with several hundreds of thousands displaced.