Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the terror group, Boko Haram has a genuine reason to be angry.
Punch reports that the ex President made this known yesterday while criticizing the level of response of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the insurgent. While driving home his point that the Boko Haram insurgents have legitimate grievances, Obasanjo highlighted that low level of education is a great contributory factor to the.
The ex-President spoke on Monday during a global education conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates was quoted saying,
“They (Boko Haram) have legitimate grievances. We don’t need anyone to tell us that that is a problem: a problem of disparity, a problem of marginalisation. “The response of the government initially was definitely not enough. When Boko Haram started showing their fangs about four years ago, the reaction should have been firm and unmistakable,” he added.
Using his his carrot-and-stick approach to solving the insurgency by the sect, Obasanjo added that the heat that the sect was facing from the military at the moment could force it to dialogue with the government.
“If Boko Haram is ready to talk, we should talk. But they will need to be pounded a little bit by the military and then, they would be ready to talk,” he said.
Obasanjo added, “When we were dealing with the carrot aspect, the stick aspect should have been firm. I hope with that, we will now go the carrot; the carrot is those things rightly or wrongly perceived as injustice or grievances that can now be dealt with.
“But the false confidence of the militants to go into Chad, Niger and neighbouring countries has now led to a regional coalition of military and that has been reasonably effective; it has not completely solved the problem.”
Recall that just recently, the former Peoples Democratic Chieftain condemned the federal government over its failure to effectively tackle the recovery of the kidnapped school girls by Boko Haram in Chibok Local Government, Borno state
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