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Nigerian unrest worse than 1960s civil war

09 January 2012, 09:37

Abuja - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday that spiralling violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram is "even worse" than the country's 1960s civil war.

"The situation we have in our hands is even worse than the civil war that we fought," Jonathan said at a church service. "During the civil war, we knew and we could even predict where the enemy was coming from... But the challenge we have today is more complicated."

He went on to say there are Boko Haram sympathisers in the government, judiciary and security agencies, amid spiralling violence blamed on the Islamist group.

"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," Jonathan told a church service for armed forces remembrance day.

"Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies."


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