by Ibrahim Faruk
President Jonathan returned yesterday from Davos, Switzerland where he held meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum and spoke to international journalists on a host of issues.
Back home, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has been singing the same tune as the President.
While speaking to CNNs Christiane Amanpour, President Jonathan said, “Boko Haram is not as a result of misrule; definitely not. Sometimes people say it is as a result of poverty; definitely not. Boko Haram is a local terror group.”
The PDP through its National Publicity Secretary has also described Boko Haram sect as a local terror group, just as it said that poverty and misrule were not responsible for the insurgency.
The PDP in a statement by its national Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said poverty was not a recent phenomenon in the country, “and therefore cannot form the basis of the sudden wave of criminal attacks on innocent victims, most of whom live within the poverty bracket.”
Metuh added, “ The President is right and we fully align with him on his position that Boko Haram is not a product of poverty or misrule as some people are suggesting. We agree with him that it is a local terror group.”
There have been successive regimes before this administration but this insurgency increased the same way terrorist activities are escalating in other parts of the world at this time. So it is clear that some people are out to perpetrate acts of terrorism in Nigeria to create a semblance of insecurity as it obtains in other troubled spots of the world.”
The PDP spokesperson said that the party strongly supports President Goodluck Jonathan for his forthrightness on national issues especially the Boko Haram insurgency in his interview with CNN on Wednesday.
While attesting to an improvement in the power sector, President Jonathan was quick to say, “I wish you would ask the ordinary Nigerian on the streets of Lagos, Abuja and other parts of Nigeria this question about power. They know that our commitment to improving power is working. So if you are saying something different, it is surprising. That is one area, one area that even civil society members agree that government has kept faith with its promise.”
In perfect harmony, the party agreed that President was correct in declaring that the power sector has witnessed tremendous improvement under the current administration and assured that the nation will achieve an enviable level of stability in power supply before the end of the year.
“The President is correct on the issue of power. We all know that power supply in the country has improved tremendously under his watch and we have confidence in the President’s assertion that Nigerians will witness tremendous stability in power supply very soon” Metuh said.
The party statements adds that the PDP also said it believes in the efforts by the administration to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians in line with its manifesto and mandate.
President Jonathan who also spoke to Al-Jazeera’s Stephen Cole on Thurday where he said, “Terror anywhere on earth is a terror to everybody. Because of the excesses of this terrorists group in Northern Mali is a threat to West Africa, a threat to Central Africa and North Africa. They cannot limit themselves to Northern Mali.”
The party also praised President Jonathan for deploying troops to Mali as part of the nation’s commitment to working with other governments to root out terrorism in the sub-region.
In a final note, the party said the interview once again shows the forthrightness, candour and simplicity of the President in addressing national issues.