President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday debunked claims that he was behind Boko Haram insurgency, wondering what would be his gain for doing so.
The President spoke to a huge crowd that ushered him to Yola, Adamawa State in continuation of his campaign for re-election. His arrival coincided with the liberation of Michika Local Government Area, one of the five overran by Boko Haram last year.
Jonathan told his supporters that the liberation of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states from terrorists is a task that must be done. The President, who officially announced at the campaign ground at Ribadu Square, Yola, that Michika was reclaimed yesterday by troops, said he could not have aligned with Boko Haram to unleash terror on the good people of Adamawa State and the entire Northeast.
While acknowledging that five local government areas had been under Boko Haram control, out of which three had been previously reclaimed, he announced that Michika which was one of the two remaining local government areas was liberated yesterday.
According to him, only a mad person would insinuate that the President of a country like Nigeria could support Boko Haram or any terrorist group against the good people of Adamawa and, indeed, the Northeast.
“I am glad to announce that Michika LGA has been liberated from Boko Haram. I hope that Madagali Local Government will be liberated soon by our gallant troops,” Jonathan said.
The President, who was assured of resounding victory in the forthcoming presidential election by top shots of the PDP in the state, described Adamawa as his second home as he secured 67% of votes in 2011.
He recalled that the votes he secured in 2011 were twice the number he polled in Bayelsa, his home state, adding that it sounded unreasonable for him to encourage insurgents to unleash terror on Adamawa.
The PDP presidential candidate said he had forgiven all the fabricators of such fallacy and lies being bandied against his government’s Transformation Agenda, adding that he was not deterred by such detractors as his burning desire is to liberate the entire Northeast from Boko Haram.
“I pray to the Almighty God to forgive them for such fabrication of lies,” he said. He described the Adamawa PDP governorship candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, as a man of great intellect and Adamawa people would not regret voting for the PDP.
A number of PDP stakeholders pledged a resounding victory for Jonathan and all the party’s candidates as Adamawa has remained a PDP state since 1998.
Among the PDP stalwarts that spoke were former Education Minister, Prof. Jibril Aminu, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Mallam Ribadu, Hajiya Zainab Maina, Senate President David Mark and National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
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