President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday disclosed that Boko Haram had planned various attacks for Abuja in a bid to extend its campaign of violence to other parts of the country.
He stated this when he attended the revival service of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement at its headquarters in Ijesha, Lagos.
“The idea of the group was to start from the centre of the country and then move to bring the whole country down,’’ Jonathan said.
He, however, said that the efforts of the Federal Government had ensured that Boko Haram insurgency does not spread beyond Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
The president said that insurgency and terrorism were global phenomena that were not peculiar to Nigeria. However, he said with international collaboration, the Armed Forces would defeat the extremists.
“We are working hard as a government and with your cooperation, we will rout terrorism.
“We will work harder to protect all Nigerians.
“We will improve the economy so that people will have jobs so that these distractions about terror will end,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to members of the church and the Christian community in the country for their prayers.
“We believe we should not campaign in churches but I am here to thank the General Overseer and members of the church for what you are doing.
“Your spiritual work has not only helped members of the church but helped the country,” Jonathan said.