The Secretary of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has described Thursday’s visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Borno State as a political move to get votes from people that are yet to be killed by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The NEF chieftain noted that a visit the president could not make in four years of killings in the Northeast, is now considered necessary barely 30 days to a major election.
The former Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Vice Chancellor, who made this known in a telephone interview with The Nation, described the visit to Borno as “too late”.
He said, “Mr. President knows quite well that thousands of people have lost their lives and property worth hundreds of millions of naira have been lost to insurgency in the northeast.
“In addition, thousands have been internally and externally displaced in their own country. And it has taken Mr. President more than four years to go and see things for himself.
“Therefore, to me, my interpretation of his going there is that he wants the remaining people of Borno State who are still alive to vote for him. I think his visit is political and he thinks the Borno People and people of the Northeast are that stupid.
“Even by the account of the deputy governor, who addressed the president during his visit to one of the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, NEMA has done virtually nothing to alleviate the sufferings of the people since the beginning of the crisis”.