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Boko Haram is temporary, Boko Haram will surely go - President Goodluck Jonathan
| January 06, 2014
Speaking at the first Sunday Service of the year, President Goodluck Jonathan spoke about the Boko Haram insurgency and the impact their violent acts have had on the lives of Nigerians. He said that his administration sympathizes Nigerians that have been affected by the Boko Haram's actions. He said, "Boko Haram is temporary, Boko Haram will surely go. A number of countries are facing similar challenges and some have been able to overcome it and surely we will overcome Boko Haram. Life in the north must change and development must go to all parts of this country. Nobody or any group can hold Nigeria to ransom, we will collectively liberate this country from the hands of any evil person, so that we can leave behind a Nigeria that our children and grandchildren will be proud of." The president also spoke about the current pace of development projects in the country saying that they take time to complete and asked Nigerians for patience, saying If you want to build a single storey building, it must take you some time to build. We are building one small mini private banquet in the State House with a great company like Julius Berger, and what we thought will take six months is now more than two years.

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Edwin Kiagbodo    Warri, Nigeria    January 10, 2014
My Dear Mr President, everything on earth is temporary. This includes your occupation of that office as well as your wealth. After all said, bring about a positive impact to the Country. Your occupation of that office is not about authority without responsibility.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    January 09, 2014
These self-justifications for gross incompetence are themselves abnormalities and unbecoming of a serving president of a country. If Julius Berger cannot complete a six month contract on time and its execution takes over two years, does that not point to faulty planning on the part of government?

We may have to address some pertinent questions: How was the project conceived, in haste or normal condition? Who were the Consultants to the project, and how were they selected, by competitive bidding or political patronage? Was there a budget for the project, and when was it appropriated? Was the money appropriated enough to cover the cost of the project to completion? What was the phasing of disbursements to meet interim payments to the contractor, and how regularly were these payment certificates honoured? How has force majeure (work of nature such as earthquakes, floods, etc) affected the completion time? How has political crisis and holidays affected the project? How has variations (changes to original concept) affected the execution of the project?

And many more. Mr. Jonathan should tell Nigerians better things. All government efforts at curtailing Boko Haram insurgency have failed, and government cannot claim to have any clue.

That a building project would be poorly conceived at the presidency and used to justify request for patience is most annoying. I am really disturbed with this "one step forward, two steps backward". God save Nigeria.
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