Vice-President YEMI OSINBAJO has said that despite what his administration might want people to believe, former President GOODLUCK JONATHAN was never committed to ending the Boko Haram insurgency during his tenure.
OSINBAJO stated this in a lecture titled, “The unraveling of Boko Haram and the rebuilding of the North-East of Nigeria” which he delivered at the Harvard University’s Weatherland Centre for International Affairs in the United States.
While attributing his position to many factors, OSINBAJO said it was politically convenient for the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party to claim that the Boko Haram sect was sponsored by a northern-Muslim political elite to discredit the government led by a Christian.
He recalled that when the All Progressives Congress was formed, the then ruling party was also quick to paint it (APC) as the political wing of the Boko Haram sect.
He said it was not until President MUHAMMADU BUHARI who was then the leader of the opposition, was nearly killed in an attack in Kaduna that the false narrative began to lose credibility.
The Vice-President added that the extensive corruption in arms procurement estimated at about fifteen billion dollars ensured that the military remained poorly equipped and demoralized.
OSINBAJO said it was not until the abduction of more than 200 secondary schoolgirls from their dormitories in Chibok that public outrage against Jonathan’s government’s inept handling of the insurgency reached its peak.
He added that the government then incurred widespread anger when it denied that an abduction took place and suggested that the opposition had simply invented the story.
OSINBAJO, however, said BUHARI’s assumption of office changed the tide