President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday publicly admitted that members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect have infiltrated government.
The President said some members of the sect are in the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government, as well as in the armed forces.
Speaking during an inter-denominational church service to mark the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Jonathan said the situation had made it more difficult to combat the nation’s security challenges headlong.
He described the present security situation in the country as worse than the civil war experience. He said: “This is a time when the country has major security challenges.
There are explosions everyday, people are being killed daily without reason.
“We also call on members of the armed forces, including those that have retired, to join hands with their colleagues that are still in service and government, to see how collectively we can protect our nation. “I believe we will overcome our immediate challenges. The situation we have on our hands is even worse than the civil war that we fought. During the civil war, we knew and we could even predict where the enemy was coming from, you could even know the route they were coming from, you could even know what calibre of weapons they would use and so on”.
He added: “But the challenge we have today is more complicated. I remember when I held a meeting with elders from the North- East and some parts of the North- West, where the Boko Haram phenomenon is more prevalent. Somebody said that the situation is so bad that even if one’s son is a member, one would not know.
“That means that if the person will plant a bomb behind your house, you won’t know,” Jonathan lamented.
The president continued: “Some of them are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government, while some of them are even in the judiciary.
“Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies. Some continue to dip their hands and eat with you and you won’t even know the person who will point a gun at you or plant a bomb behind your house,” he said.
He added: “That is how complex the situation is. Our security services are trying.”