Politics Gov Shettima Blames Jonathan, Modu Sheriff for the Emergence of Boko Haram

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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has blamed the state's former governor, Ali Modu-Sheriff and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the emergence of the Boko Haram sect.

According to him, both men didn't do enough to nip the early warning signs in the bud.

"I have restrained myself from blaming the previous government for the emergence of Boko Haram, but the fact of the matter is that Ali Modu Sheriff allowed his ego to stand in the way of a dispute between the army and followers of Mohammed Yusuf.. Ali Modu Sheriff mismanaged the crisis by ignoring the situation, and he played into the hands of the insurgents," Shettima said.

He also said that until a fact-finding mission during his courtesy call at the Government House in Maiduguri in 2013, former President Jonathan initially believed the conspiracy theory which said northerners in the opposition were using Boko Haram to destabilize his administration.

"The President's (Goodluck Jonathan) revelation was an indication that he didn't understand the crisis before March, 2013. Whether his initial lack of understanding of the situation caused his ineffective response to the crisis before 2013, is a matter for conjecture." he added.
 

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