The Federal government Tuesday raised alarm that the lingering Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the north where thousands of persons have been brutally killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed has damaged the reputation of the country.

The Federal government also warned that President Goodluck Jonathan must not be blamed by Nigerians for being responsible for the level of violence in the country against the backdrop that he has done everything humanly possible to nip in the bud the insurgency.

Speaking, when he appeared before the Bamanga Tukur led National Working Committee, NWC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to give the scorecard of his Ministry, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who noted that major critics of the President and the government were members of the PDP, however stressed that in the world over, reforming leaders and Presidents were not always popular at the beginning.

He said: ?Boko Haram has damaged the reputation of Nigeria. A report of a bomb explosion makes more news globally than commissioning of projects. We have been doing well in an atmosphere of negative reports. This government is the most documented in Nigerian history.?

However, despite these challenges, Maku still insisted that the Jonathan administration had achieved tremendous achievements in the past two years.

He said that the administration had consistently grown the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on an average of seven per cent growth annually, describing the development as “one big achievement of the Jonathan administration”.

According to him, the country?s GDP is growing, due to the Federal Government?s micro-economic policy, anchored on its transformation agenda and fundamental reforms in key sectors of the economy.

Maku attributed the country?s power challenges to the sabotage of gas pipelines which he said, was being addressed.

“The issue with power is not just what we are able to give out now but the work we are doing. Today, we have more power generated than the capacity to carry.??

He said that power transmission infrastructure were currently being addressed nationwide, adding that by the first quarter of 2014, some of the projects would be completed.

According to him, this will boost power generation and transmission.

He restated the determination of the administration to undertake reforms in all sectors of the economy to ensure adequate development.

The minister remarked that the reforms might make the president unpopular for now, adding that the country and its citizens would be better off with the reforms in the near future.

Meanwhile, Borno State government on Tuesday announced financial assistance for victims of Sunday’s Boko Haram attack on Kondunga ?in which 46 people were killed ?.

The State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who made the announcement when he visited the town, expressed sadness over the attack.

He said each family that lost its breadwinner would be given N250, 000.00, adding that those, whose houses were destroyed, would also be assisted.

“Government will compensate all those who lost their houses during the attack.

“Those who lost one bed room apartment will get N100,000, while those who lost two and three bedroom apartments, would receive N200,000 and N300,000 respectively,” he said.

Shettima also promised that government would shoulder the medical expenses of those injured during the attack.

The governor requested the State Police Commissioner to deploy more policemen to the town to beef-up security.

He also appealed to the JTF to deploy more of its men to the area.

Alhaji Zanna Yale, the District Head of Konduga, who received the governor, confirmed the death of 46 persons in the attack.

He said that about 50 houses were also destroyed by the attackers, who entered the town at about 4.30 am, using Toyota Hilux vans and Golf saloon cars.

Malam Lawan Ajid, leader of the youth vigilante group in the area, said the attackers arrived the town while most people were observing the early morning prayers at the mosques.

“They took us by surprise; they hid their vehicles and pretended to be among worshippers at the Konduga Central Mosque and other adjoining mosques.

“But soon after the prayers, they opened fire on the congregation,” Ajid said.

He said another group went to the other part of the town, setting houses ablaze using petrol bombs.


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