Jonathan also opened up on why he removed his former national security adviser, General Andrew Azazi, and erstwhile defence minister, Dr Halliru Bello, saying the changes became necessary to meet up the standard of security operations in the war against terrorism in the country.
Although he noted that Azazi’s removal was not as a result of incompetence, the president implicitly hinted of the former NSA’s failure when he pointed out that he would continue to “make changes in the security apparatus to make it more responsive to the exigencies of the moment”.
According to him, the removal of Azazi as NSA was part of such changes and adjustment to meet the standard in security operations in the country.
On his official visit to Brazil when the country was on fire following the reprisal attacks that trailed the bombings of churches in Kaduna and Zaria, killing over 70 people and injuring about 100 persons, President Jonathan stated vehemently that he did not regret attending the UN Earth Summit in Brazil, saying he will not allow terrorists to stop him from functioning as a president.
According to him, the aim of terrorists anywhere in the world is to disrupt the government and stop the president from functioning.
He said, “If I had panicked and was stopped from travelling to Brazil last week, the terrorists would have achieved their main objective and a wrong signal would have been sent out to the international community that even the president is being held hostage.
The day the international community gets to know that the president of Nigeria is tied down because of Boko Hram, then, we are finished.