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EASIER SAID THAN DONE: Jonathan not afraid to visit Maiduguri – Presidential Aide

A presidential aide on Friday said President Goodluck Jonathan was not afraid to visit any part of the country contrary to insinuations in some quarters.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, stated this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent.

Gulak was reacting to Thursday’s visit of governors of the parties in the newly formed All Progressives Congress to Maiduguri, Borno State, where insinuations were made that leaders should be courageous to visit any part of the country.

Borno State has remained the centre of activities of the fundamental Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Jonathan has not visited the state since the insurgency, which has claimed several lives, began in 2009. Vice-President Namadi Sambo was there recently.

The governors said they chose Maiduguri to prove a point that “there should not be a no-go area for any Nigerian leader.”

But Gulak told our correspondent that as the President of the country, Jonathan is not afraid of visiting any part of Nigeria.

The presidential aide stated that to demonstrate that he is not afraid to visit the state, Jonathan would be in Maiduguri on Thursday.

He said, “Who is afraid to visit Borno State? The President will be on a state visit to Borno State next week, March 7 to be precise.

“The governors are just trying to pre-empt the President. Goodluck Jonathan is not afraid of visiting any part of the country. He is the President of all states and all parts of the country without exception.”

 

via Punch

 

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