On the Campaign Trail, Goodluck Jonathan Promises to Restore Peace to Nigeria as 15 Die in Latest Attack by Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's president, reacts during a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2014. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president, reacts during a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2014. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan promised to restore peace to the country’s northeast on his re-election campaign trail, a day after suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village, killing 15 people.

“I am promising the whole of you that we shall surely end this insurgency,” Jonathan said at Murtala Ramat Square in the Borno state capital of Maiduguri. “We will surely stop Boko Haram and return Borno to the path of peace.”

About three miles (4.8 kilometers) from Maiduguri, suspected Boko Haram militants raided the village of Kambari on Friday, killing the village leader, at least two children and 12 others, said a vigilante leader Hassan Ibrahim by phone from Maiduguri. Jonathan, who is seeking re-election next month, didn’t mention the attack.

Boko Haram has unleashed a violent campaign since 2009 to impose Islamic law in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, killing more than 13,000 people, Jonathan said in September. More than 980,000 people have been displaced by the violence, according to Nigeria’s National Management Agency.

“They shot my children dead,” Memunat Yusuf, who fled to Maiduguri from Kambari, said by phone.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Olukayode in Maiduguri at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at [email protected] Simone Meier, Keith Jenkins

SOURCE: Michael Olukayode
Bloomberg

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