Street Journal has found out that the National Security Adviser, General Patrick Owoye Azazi may be on his way out of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration. Azazi did not mince words at the weekend when he blamed the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Azaxi had blamed the PDP”s “politics of exclusion and the do or die attitude” of the leaders of the party in the North for breeding many aggrieved individuals. “Why is it possible that somebody was thinking that only Mr A could win, and that if he could not win, there would be problems in this society? Let’s examine all these issues to see whether the level of violence in the North East just escalated because Boko Haram suddenly became better trained, better equipped and better funded, or something else was responsible. It takes very long for somebody to be a sniper,” Azazi said.
While speaking at the bombed This Day building on Saturday however, President Goodluck Jonathan said he did not believe the National Security Adviser said what was being credited to him. The President said “I don’t believe that the NSA meant that the practices in the PDP are anti-democractic. I cannot comment much on what happened in the first republic, but the second republic that I marginally participated in and this third republic that I am a key actor, presently as a member of the first eleven, I still see that the PDP is one of the most democratic parties. So, I don’t believe that it is undemocratic practices in the PDP that could give rise to Boko Haram or any other groups. So, probably, people need to ask the NSA to explain what he really meant. I have read it in the papers. I don’t believe it is undemocratic practices of the PDP that gave rise to this or any other militant groups”.
There have been insinuations over the weekend that the NSA might be asked to “explain” his statement by the Presidency and that might eventually mark the end of his stay in office. What is being said in government circles is that even the introduction of Patrick Azazi has not done much to change the sitaution as regards the security situation in Nigeria.