Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says ex-President Goodluck Jonathan thought Boko Hrama was a ploy to stop him from being reelected.
The former president Obasanjo speaking in an interview with the BBC in Lagos on Monday noted that he brought the grievances of the sect to the attention of Jonathan but he did not take it seriously in the belief that the terror group was a device by the North to bring down his government.
“I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening about Boko Haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan,” Obasanjo said.
“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.”
The former president also said the insurgency would not end because it stemmed from youth frustration in the north-east.
“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,” he said.
Under Jonathan, Boko Haram held a swathe of territories in the north-east, and even launched fatal attacks in the Federal Capital Territory.