President Goodluck Jonathan makes surprise visit to insurgency-plagued northeast Nigeria, a rebuff to critics who say he has ignored the plight of victims of Boko Haram. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan makes a surprise visits to the insurgency-plagued northeast of the country. Jonathan is running for re-election in a February 14 vote in which security is a major issue. He visits wounded soldiers. Amid some criticisms that he is not doing enough and saying enough about relentless Boko Haram attacks -- he addresses a group of internally displaced Nigerians. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, GOODLUCK JONATHAN, SAYING: "It's a sad thing to be talking about internally displaced persons. Nobody is happy about you being displaced within your own land. Of course we know that the issue of terror is global but the excesses of Boko Haram is quite traumatic for all of us. He offers assurances (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, GOODLUCK JONATHAN, SAYING: "As a President I feel traumatized whenever I hear about these excesses, I feel very saddened. But let me assure all Nigerians and indeed IDPs that government is working very hard to make sure that you don't stay in these camps for too long." Boko Haram have killed scores and razed dozens of homes in the northeast with the military putting the death toll at 150, while some local officials have put it as high as 2,000.