I did not negotiate with Boko Haram – Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cleared the
air on whether his government negotiated with the Boko
In an interview with Quartz, a news website, on the
sidelines of his recent press conference at Geneva,
Switzerland, Jonathan said, “I did not negotiate with
Boko Haram. The government never set up a team.”
But his response puts a question mark to claims by his
spokesman, Reuben Abati, and Hassan Tukur, his
principal private secretary, that the then government
was finalizing a peace deal with Boko Haram.
Tukur had told the Voice of America that the
government was meeting with Danladi Ahmadu, Boko
Haram’s representative, and high-level officials from
Chad and Cameroon.
leader, in a video, debunked any peace talk.
He said, “We have not made ceasefire with anyone. We
did not negotiate with anyone…We will not negotiate.
What is our business with negotiation? Allah said we
Jonathan also denied the allegations of corruption
against his government.
“Sometimes people think that I was President since the
independence (of Nigeria) and not for five years.
“Sometimes they say that we have lost over $150
billion in funds in the five years that I was President.
“Because of politics, some people came up with more
money and say that $49.8
18 months,” he said in reference to former Central
Bank governor, Emir Sanusi Lamido.
Continuing he said, “the same person who raised the
issue, within two days said the money was $12 billion,
and two days later, he said it was $20 billion.
“Regarding the $9 billion, the truth will come out.”