Boko Haram Goodluck Jonathan did not take sect seriously – Obasanjo

The former President also said that GEJ believed that Boko Haram was a tool used by his political enemies to pull him down.

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan did not take the Boko Haram sect seriously.

Obasanjo, in an interview with BBC, said that he briefed Jonathan on the grievances of the terror group.

The former President also said that GEJ believed that Boko Haram was a tool used by his political enemies to pull him down.

Obasanjo said “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.

“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.

“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.”

ALSO READ: A timeline of Boko Haram's attacks in 2017

On Monday, September 111, 2017, six Boko Haram insurgents surrendered to the Borno Command of the  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

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