President Goodluck Jonathan made a surprise visit to insurgency-plagued northeast Nigeria on Thursday, a rebuff to critics who say he has ignored the plight of victims of Boko Haram Islamist militants.
“What you’re doing is not easy,” he told officers and soldiers at an army barracks in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
“We thank you as a nation. Terrorism is a global phenomenon. We’re working day and night, trying to curtail this madness.”Jonathan is running for re-election in a Feb. 14 vote in which security is a major issue. His main rival, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, is seen as tough on security.