Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Jonathan - Boko Haram Insurgency Worse Than Civil War

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Relatives of kidnapped Chibok students during a #BringBackOurGirls demonstration in Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said the Boko Haram insurgency is worse than the civil war that broke out in Nigeria in the late 60's.

Jonathan said this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while receiving the College of Bishops of the African Church led by Primate Emmanuel Udofia, who paid him a courtesy visit.

He said during the civil war, the battle line was drawn and the enemies known; while in a terror war, the enemies are from within and are faceless.

Thanking the bishops for their prayers, Jonathan pledged that his administration would continue to do everything possible to move the nation forward.

"... apart from those of us from the Eastern region who witnessed the effects of the civil war, people have not witnessed this kind of insecurity in the country.

"In the North-East, it is almost like it is even worse than the civil war because in the civil war, you know if you are here, you know the battle line, either a Biafran or Nigerian. You know where to run to. Right now, you don't even know where to run to because the enemies are in the Sokoto (trouser) pocket," Jonathan said.

He urged the church to continue in moul-ding the character of the nation "especially now that most parents are too busy to have time for their children".

Earlier, Primate Udofia described the Boko Haram insurgency as the most unfor-tunate affront on Jonathan's administration and accused some members of the security agencies of being sympathetic to the terrorists.

He also described the religious conno-tations to the insurgency as largely responsible for the continued spread and strength of terrorist activities in the country.

"Some of the security agents charged with the responsibilities of combating them are silently sympathetic to Boko Haram. Our hope to bring an end to Boko Haram lies in our God Almighty who is the Mighty Man in Battle and ever help His people in times of trouble," the Bishop said.

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