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Boko Haram: Jonathan Values Reelection More Than Lives Of Nigerians – Chris Okotie


Boko Haram: Jonathan Values Reelection More Than Lives Of Nigerians – Chris Okotie

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Nov 10, 2014 – Boko  Haram: Jonathan Values Reelection More Than The Lives Of Nigerians – Chris Okotie Blasts GEJ

“No God condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force” – President Barak Obama on the ISIS terrorist group.

The Federal government’s widely publicized ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram insurgents was met with more violent attacks, and the capture of more territories by the Islamists. Their leaders even went ahead to disavow any negotiations with our government, with a firm promise never to make peace.

Of course, Boko Haram has made good its threat. The bombings have continued unabated; and as you read this, the North Eastern towns of Gwoza, Mubi, Michika, Gulak, Madagali, and several obscure villages are still occupied by the insurgents. During the week, Gombe and Potiskum were attacked, with a lot of casualties. Same familiar story!

Atrocities being committed by Boko Haram in these captured territories include rape, forced marriages and conversions to their bizarre brand of Islam; beheadings, random executions and looting. As far the insurgents are concerned, we are all infidels.

The Chibok Girls remain in captivity, with no hope they’d be freed soon; we have reportedly lost some of these hapless girls to snake bites and sickness. This current level of pessimism is informed by the hopelessness of the war effort and the government’s apparent lack of an effective strategy to defeat the insurgents. Clearly, our military is now in disarray, with soldiers fleeing the front as the insurgents advance, almost unchallenged.

So sad, the Cameroonians, supposedly our partners in this terror war, gleefully advertise stories of deserting Nigerian troops who seek refuge from advancing Boko Haram fighters in their territory. Obviously, for a country like Nigeria which prides itself as the largest, most powerful black nation in the world, with the biggest economy in

Africa to boot, our management of this war does no justice to our image.
Indeed, it merely exposes the false optimism which our outlandishly great power image confers. How is it possible for a middle – sized regional power, which defected Ebola with adroit, efficient execution, that even the world powers envy, seem powerless against about 10,000 bandits and terrorist?

Defeated Ebola and a successful war on terror are all about logistics, efficient
management of crisis and coordination. Why we can’t replicate the Ebola winning strategy in this terror war is confounding. Ebola is as lethal as Boko Haram, with potential to decimate populations much faster than terrorists. Yet, we acted swiftly and contained it, to the admiration of the world.

In Ebola’s case, we adopted an effective bi-partisan approach, not often seen in our strife-ridden polity. What has aggravated this terror war and made it so difficult to manage is, chiefly the failure of a divided, acrimonious and antagonistic political class, to unite against the common enemy of the nation. There are Boko Haram sympathizers in the political parties, in the military, Intelligence Services and the Jonathan Administration. Therein lays our failure to win this war.

It was easy for Gen. Yakubu Gowon to lead federal forces to overcome Biafra in just 30 months, because he had behind him a cohesive administration and competent, efficient war machine. And he acted swiftly to replace even his most popular commanders when they performed below expectations. President Jonathan, who has neither a strong war machine, nor a loyal, cohesive administration behind him, may need to look at Gowon’s template in his execution of this terror war.

You don’t keep a failed group of war commanders when your troops are being routed on every front, and territories lost randomly, almost on a daily basis. I made this point in my latest syndicated article coming out shortly. Even, football coaches replace under-performing star players when the team seems to be headed for defeat. President Jonathan should have wasted no time in sacking his entire war team and replace them with more proactive generals and advisers, in view of the vanquishing of our forces by a rag-tag, but well armed Boko Haram fighters.

He should not wait until the insurgents march towards Abuja before he does something drastic to save the situation, which is becoming fiercely urgent. More urgent, in fact, than his re-election bid, which obviously dominates his agenda at the moment. Nigeria’s survival comes first before anything else, including a Presidential election.

The ruling PDP tends to give greater priority to perpetuating itself in power than destroying the insurgents who pose such a potent threat to our sovereignty. That’s not realpolitik, its bad logic. Like I wrote elsewhere, this war should be at heart of the President’s agenda; without it, he cannot transform Nigeria, no matter how effective his Transformational programme is.

Boko Haram, like all Islamists everywhere, espouse a virulent brand of austere, absolutist Islam, driven by atavistic impulses. It takes more than mere grandstanding to destroy this barbaric group of deranged individuals.”

[Article authored by Reverend Chris Okotie Of Household of God]



  1. Joke Martins

    November 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    As much as I hate your views on the catholic chuch I support you on this one
    Jonathan careless about safety of his people

  2. wiseone

    November 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I agree that he cares nothing about lives of Nigerians but wants re-election. I hate to dabble into political talks but this is insane! How can the President of a country be so incapacitated to the point that citizens are being killed en-masse on a daily basis and the insurgents are not even resisted in any way? They freely kill at will cos it is so easy with no counter attacks or even the smallest resistance. Jonathan is there smiling his way around and generally focussed on re-election! What if his wife or child is kidnapped or killed? Would he still be unconcerned? He thinks his family is protected because he is the President. Hm, Jonathan, don’t be too sure that the ‘protection’ you think you have will be forever because this virus or epidemy called boko haram will soon blow your way, then you will realize that your life and that of your family members is not more valuable than the lives of those poor people. He is only lucky to be in the position he is in now. We all are equal before God.

  3. muyi

    November 10, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    you have spoken well pastor all of our politician are selfish.i am very sure they are getting a lot of money from this boko animal people.but what i know is that all of this people will never know peace in their life. and war will never depart from their home in Jesus name amen.

  4. Jilo

    November 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Your president said leave them alone they are our siblings. Siblings who do not care to send other siblings to their untimely death. Siblings who do not care to maim, traumatized, torture and destroy other siblings. GEJ you are not just competent to lead this great Nation. Please if you really want to help vulnerable masses please just leave peacefully and let a competent person who can challenge Boko Haram take charge. Boko haram is growing stronger every day and you sit down proclaiming that the terrorist are your siblings. GEJ is a big disappointment and irresponsible President that I have ever seen in my entire life.

  5. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

    November 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Come to eagle square tomorow i must declare chikina.

  6. OmoKehinde

    November 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you pastor Chris Okotie for this article and great insight. You are one of the few influential Nigerian pastors that are not yet divorced from reality.I don’t think that other billionaire pastors campaigning for Jonathan’s reelection live in our world. Our beloved nation – Nigeria is in trouble, and Nigerian ship is sinking very fast too. We have the most incompetent president ever to be elected to office in our history; an heartless president who careless about those serious issues facing Nigerian people and the nation at large. Ever since that ugly day President Jonathon was dancing and campaigning in Kano state after Boko Haram attack that killed about 70 innocent Nigerian people, I had drawn my conclusion that he is an heartless, unpatriotic, and selfish president that care only about his reelection. The incident of those Chibok kidnapped girls is enough reason for this low – mentality president to tender his letter of resignation to Nigerians for falling to protect us. He has no clue on how to secure lives and properties of Nigerians, he has no economic agenda to create job opportunities for unemployed youths, has no idea to revitalized our dying educational system, has no vision to unite our people for peace and progress, has no plan to rebuild our falling infrastructure, has no clue to cuddle or eliminate corruption from our system, and has no intelligent to see the danger ahead of him.

    Jonathan’s leadership failure, corruption, unpatriotic altitudes, election fraud, bribery, money laundering operations, mismanagement and gross imcompentence will eventually destroy Nigeria if not stop by votes or military takeover in 2015. He had intentionally imposed great hardship on Nigerians by increasing the prices of petrol and kerosene by 75 % just less than three months he was reelected in 2011. He is a liar who promised Nigerian people before the 2011 election never to seek for reelection come 2015. What do we have today? A failed president bribing other criminal politicians and corrupt religious leaders for his reelection bid. For those that cherish the unity and peace of Nigeria, you voters must come out next year in a record number to vote out this senseless president out of office. But if president Jonathan ignore the voices of Nigerian people through election fraud next year, then Nigerian Military should help deliver our beloved nation from monster created by criminal Obasanjo. Only in Nigeria can a failure like president Jonathan will seek for reelection after more than five years of bloody presidency, mismanagement, corruption, leadership failure, insecurity, and shattered dreams. Nigerians must shun religious intolerance and tribalism in the upcoming election next year by voting for a competent president with great characters.

  7. Teddy

    November 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    God Help Us….

  8. Peace

    November 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    BY now I expected all Nigeria to know the so call useless president GEJ is dedicated member of boko haram and only God will punish him though I prayed him will died shamefully before the next coming election, I believe God is sending us a savior who will deliver us from the virus called boko haram in Jesus name Amen

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