President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday evening dispelled reports that his government has started dialogue with the Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, responsible for bombings and killings in northern Nigeria.
In his presidential media chat broadcast live on NTA Network, President Jonathan said there was no such thing because the group remains faceless.
“We don’t have anyone to dialogue with. They wear masks and we don’t know them. There is nobody to dialogue with,” he stated.
On amnesty for members of the group like it was done for the militants in the Niger Delta, President Jonathan clarified that militants in the Niger Delta were identifiable unlike members of the Boko Haram, adding that he supported amnesty programme for the former under the Yar Adua administration because the government realised that force could not solve the problem.
On corruption, President Jonathan said his administration was not sitting on the fence, stressing that it had dealt with electoral fraud with the conduct of free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo states.
He disclosed that his government also successfully tackled the corruption in the distribution of fertiliser in the country, adding that the war on corruption has moved to the oil industry with the probe of oil marketers and the arraignment of some of them in court.
The president assured Nigerians of improvement in the power sector by mid 2013.
He explained that the country was barely generating 2000 megawatts of electricity when he became president in 2011 but that the country is now generating 4000 megawatts and would move up to 5000 megawatts by the middle of next year.
President Jonathan attributed the current dwindling power supply to weak infrastruture which he promised to improved upon from now till mid 2013.