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Barely eight years after he left office, former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has broken his silence on how insecurity crippled his government
Jonathan who contested in 2015 for second term lost to the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, described insecurity as his biggest problem during his time in office between 2010 and 2015.
Jonathan said this during the commissioning of a 22-kilometre road project, the Yola-Wukari roadin Taraba State. The dualised Yola-Wukari road encompasses six pedestrian bridges and a flyover bridge.
Jonathan lamented that his worst nightmare as president of the country was insecurity.
He said; “When I was the president of Nigeria, the insecurity of the nation did give me sleepless nights. Sometimes even while I am in the church, my ADC will bring a phone to show me how people are being murdered or kidnapped, and that gave me serious headache.
“As I came into the Jalingo airport, I saw the Director of DSS and I quickly asked him ‘how is Taraba State security wise?’ and he told me ‘Taraba is relatively peaceful.
“I believe insecurity is the handiwork of the citizens and the people of Taraba have chosen to live peacefully and you are enjoying it. It is not the business of the federal or state governments alone.”
Recalled that Jonathan’s government as between 2011 and 2015 was characterised with the emergence of the Boko Haram sect, leaving hundreds of people killed and several millions of others displaced by the terrorists in the North-East.
The climax of the terrorists’ crime against the state was the abduction of 276 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014
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