Former minister of information and supervising minister of defence, Mr Labaran Maku, has exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan from the Boko Haram insurgency, rather placing the blame on the governors in the Northern regions.
Maku, who is the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
He said that as chief security officers of their respective states who are “unaccountable to the Presidency, the governors are autonomous and closer to the people and as such, should know better than the Presidency what goes wrong in their domains”.
According to Maku, Jonathan should not be held responsible for the insecurity in the country; rather the governors should be in charge as chief executives of their various states and take responsibility of any problem there while urging those behind the political violence in the country to desist from it.
Maku also condemned the recent attacks on Jonathan in Bauchi and Katsina states when the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and his team went to the areas to campaign for votes, describing the attacks as “unruly and unfortunate’’.
“The president was not supposed to be attacked in any part of the country because he has demonstrated quality leadership which every geo-political zone would attest to, therefore, no right thinking person would have carried out any form of attack on him.”
“His humility and liberal mindedness has come to bear by his condoning the attack with calmness,” he said.
He called on the community leaders, traditional rulers, civil societies groups and youths in the country to rally round Jonathan in his bid for re-election as his administration has touched transformable every sector of the economy.