The President disagrees with his NSA that disagreements in the ruling party fuelled the Boko Haram issue

Suicide car bombers targeted the offices of newspaper, This Day, in Abuja on Thursday

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, disagreed with the National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, who said attacks by the Boko Haram sect were caused by the internal problems of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking with journalists when he visited the Abuja office of ThisDay Newspapers, which was bombed by the radical Islamic sect on Thursday, Jonathan said he read of the NSA’s remarks in the papers and will have to get the full details of the comments and what had transpired.

“I read some journalists quoting the National Security Adviser; until I read the script myself and listen to him, I cannot say what actually is the truth,” he said. “One thing I do know, like philosophers will say, is that human beings disagree because people use different words to mean the same thing and use one word to mean different things. That is the primary reason for disagreement.”

While speaking at the just concluded South-South Economic Forum in Delta State, Azazi said: “The extent of violence did not increase until the declaration by the current president that he was going to contest. PDP got it wrong from the beginning, from the outset by saying ‘Mr A can rule, Mr B cannot rule’…and that created the climate for what has manifest itself.”

Azazi had also linked the bombings, suicide attacks and jail breaks in the North to what he described as “politics of exclusion” of the PDP in the region, and condemned the politics of anointing candidates including what he sees as the “do-or-die attitude” of the political party.

“Why is it possible that somebody was thinking that only Mr A could win, and that if he could not win, there would be problems in this society? Let’s examine all these issues to see whether the level of violence in the North East just escalated because Boko Haram suddenly became better trained, better equipped and better funded, or something else was responsible. It takes very long for somebody to be a sniper,” he added.

However, the president commended the PDP, saying the party has been very democratic in handling issues. “I cannot comment much on what happened in the first republic, but the second republic that I marginally participated and this third republic that I am a key actor, presently as a member of the first eleven, I still see that the PDP as one of the most democratic parties,” he said.

“So I don’t believe that it is undemocratic practices in the PDP that could give rise to Boko Haram or any other groups. So people need to ask the NSA to explain what he really meant. I have read it from the papers. I don’t believe it is the undemocratic practices of the PDP that gave rise to this or any other militant groups.”

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