Why President Jonathan should not visit Boko Haram enclaves

An Anglican priest and renowned social commentator, Rev. Canon Echi Nwogu, has advised that President Goodluck Jonathan should not visit areas infested by the Boko Haram insurgents, such as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and others.

Canon Nwogu described those angling for the president to physically visit the Boko Haram enclave as mischief makers seeking to set him up for assassination.

In his commentary, made available to Christian Voice, he drew inference from the case of the Rwandan President whose helicopter was shot down, plunging that nation into a genocidal war between the Tutsis and the Hutus.

He also referred to the recent ambush of the Emir of Gwoza who was killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Let it be known that the assassination of President Goodluck Jonathan at this time would not only be the death knell on Nigeria but the whistle for the commencement of nationwide mayhem from the creeks to the cities of northern Nigerian, with Abuja as the first target,” the cleric stated.

Canon Nwogu also pointed out the allegation that the Nigeria Army, Customs and Immigration are infiltrated by shadow Boko Haram members.

While stating that the Boko Haram has been said to be funded by the al Qaeda group, he pointed out that the Niger Delta militants are also “loaded with oil largesse”.

“Their first act of retributive war will be the shutting of crude oil terminals to officials ships paying to the national coffers and the release of oil only to their clients,” he stated.

He strongly advised the president not to “chance any visit to the Boko Haram haven to become a cheap target for the blood suckers.”

Canon Nwogu reminded the nation that the Boko Haram boasted of sparing the life of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, whom they said they had under their sniper’s eye when he visited Shekau’s family in 2011.

According to him, the deadly Islamic sect claimed that they spared him because he did them a good turn by reintroducing the Sharia Law after the Justice Udoma constitution review panel deleted it from the 1999 constitution.

“OBJ is not at risk with Boko Haram movement but Jonathan is their star enemy price. Even a lay school boy not versed in security analysis knows that much. Anyone raising the issue of a Jonathan visit to Chibok or to the Boko Haram secession enclave at this time must be a hatchet man, a male Delilah set to bring out the Samson for the kill,” he concluded.

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