Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday, January 27, in Switzerland, defended his administration and also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of fighting the war against insurgency with the arms which were procured under his government.
In an exclusive interview with France 24, Dr. Jonathan said that Boko Haram insurgency caught Nigeria unawares, however, his administration laid a solid foundation for terrorism to be defeated.
He said: “The new government is working hard and I believe they are still using the equipment we procured.”
“Though the budget is still being debated, no new equipment has been bought, so even those equipment the president is using to prosecute the war against Boko Haram are those equipment we procured.”
“When Boko Haram started in Nigeria, we had no terror experience. Yes we had armed robbery and other common crimes, but terrorism was different because the people involved were not afraid to die.
“So, you need a different mechanism to confront terrorism, you need superior technology, so that you will be able to stop them even before the attack. We never had the equipment, but when we were confronted, we started acquiring and before I left office we built reasonable capacity and I believe with what we left behind and also with what the new government will acquire, they will be able to prosecute this terror war to a reasonable conclusion.”
The ex-president, who also stated why he would not comment on the ongoing $2.1 billion arms probe scandal allegedly involving his National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, and some top politicians in the country, attended to a host of issues such as the abduction of the Chibok Girls, Boko Haram, the economy and corruption.