Last Thursday President Jonathan made a rare visit to Maiduguri in Borno State, the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency. During the visit, the President met with the federal troops and attempted to lift their morale in the fight against the insurgents. It was President Jonathan’s second visit to Maiduguri since the outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east despite spirited criticisms of his non-visit to the town.
But many analysts feared at the weekend if the recent visit was not spurred by the impending presidential election and the move to score political point from the visit. President Jonathan was accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs, the National Security Adviser and the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency. The President visited officers and men of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri to thank them for their patriotic and courageous service to the nation.
He told officers and soldiers of the Division that the nation was very proud of them and grateful for their dedication and commitment to the defence of the civilian population against terrorists and violent extremists.
According to a press release by his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan also assured the troops that the Federal Government will continue to do everything possible to ensure that they get the weapons, equipment, welfare and logistics support they require to completely rout the insurgents and restore full security and normalcy to affected parts of the country.