Boko Haram Must be Stopped before Ramadan, Says Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan
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“The concern of the president is that we are approaching Ramadan and he does not want the Umma [Islamic community] to observe Ramadan under this crisis,” the Nigerian Nation newspaper quoted him saying.
Although sympathetic to demands for better infrastructure and more jobs in Yobe state, the government’s priority remained to stop the bloodshed, he said.
“I know some of the complaints, like unemployment and lack of development etc. All these things will not come unless there is peace,” he explained.
“The federal government will not build roads in Yobe unless contractors come and contractors will not come if their lives are not safe.
“Unless we stop the violence, we cannot start development. Unless we start development, we cannot start generating jobs. So there will be unemployment, which means there will always be recruits for whoever is doing this.”
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