Deutsche Welle quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Boko Haram’s role in Goodluck Jonathan’s loss in the Nigerian presidential election:
Along with allegations of corruption, Jonathan was also held to be ineffectual in the battle against Boko Haram, the terror group operating in the north of the country. Buhari accused Jonathan of a failure of leadership in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency, which has left more than 13,000 people dead and some 1.5 million people homeless over six years.
“Boko Haram was a factor both as a security threat to Nigeria, but also because it became emblematic of a broader failure of the incumbent administration. It became the icon of its shortcomings,” according to the director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, J. Peter Pham.