Nigerian unrest worse than 1960s civil war

2012-01-08 22:40

Abuja - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday that spiralling violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram is "even worse" than the country's 1960s civil war.

"The situation we have in our hands is even worse than the civil war that we fought," Jonathan said at a church service. "During the civil war, we knew and we could even predict where the enemy was coming from... But the challenge we have today is more complicated."

He went on to say there are Boko Haram sympathisers in the government, judiciary and security agencies, amid spiralling violence blamed on the Islamist group.

"Some of them are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary," Jonathan told a church service for armed forces remembrance day.

"Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies."

  • roannet1 - 2012-01-08 23:53

    My prayers of comfort, strength and encouragement go out to my brothers and sisters in Christ who have been devastated by the horrendous acts of violence. "No weapon formed against me shall prosper, all those who rise up against me shall fall." Death has lost its sting - we will unite once again for eternity! Lord, have mercy on the Godly men and women in Nigeria I pray.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-01-09 06:03

    And they've had their independence and "freedom" since 1st October 1960??

  • BA - 2012-01-09 08:51

    Why are there no muslims on News24 condemning this? Oh - it's because they are too busy complaining about an Israeli who farted 3 kilometers upwind from a palestinian.

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2012-01-09 09:45

    I've got 1 thing to say. separate Religion and the State. Countries that put religion as part of the law never see peace. Funny how those who are close to God are always at war***Thinking to myself***

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