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Jonathan replies Northern Elders over ultimatum on Chibok girls and Boko Haram

By News Express on 12/08/2014

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President Goodluck Jonathan this afternoon fired back at northern elders who yesterday gave him the end of October to produce the Chibok schoolgirls abducted since April 14 by Boko Haram and end the group’s insurgency.

Jonathan in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described the allegation that his administration is sponsoring the insurgency to decimate the Muslim-dominated North as “preposterous, contrary to common sense, divisive and essentially a deliberate attempt to disseminate ‘hate mentality’ and cause mischief.”

He also listed what his administration has been doing to rescue the girls and end Boko Haram’s campaign of terror, pointing out that he does not need an ultimatum to do his work as Presient. Below is the text of the statement:

“We read with deep concern the statement published in the media today by the Northern Elders Forum giving President Goodluck Jonathan a two-ultimatum on the Boko Haram Insurgency and the Chibok Girls abduction Saga.

“We wish to state categorically that President Jonathan does not require any threat or ultimatum from any group of persons to be alive to his responsibilities to the Nigerian People.

“The issue of Insurgency especially those ideologically based on Islamic extremism is a global phenomenon and requires tact, military capability, serious de-radicalisation techniques and community based counter insurgency programmes to ensure success.

“In these areas, the Federal Government is making progress:-

•We are improving on our operational capabilities and efficiencies by acquiring more advanced weapons and technologies for our military and security agencies.

•We have drafted more military personnel to the region to strengthen the fighting power of our armed forces.

•We are taking advantage of the offers from our international military and intelligence allies to assist in identifying key locations.

•We are working with our neighbours to secure the borders and limit the movements of the Boko Haram fighters, building on the agreements reached at the recent summits in Paris and London.

•We are deploying more resources to maximize operational efficiency, acquire more advanced and relevant weaponry and boost the general morale of our combatants. This is why the Government recently requested for an additional funding of $1bn.

•And the last piece in the puzzle is targeting the domestic and international funding, and stopping the money flows into the coffers of the terrorists.

•With all these efforts and the support of our allies, these steps will help fight the threat of the Boko Haram and move us closer to bringing the girls back safely.

“Lastly, the suggestion that the Government is carrying out any scheme to annihilate any section of the country for political gain is preposterous, contrary to common sense, divisive and essentially a deliberate attempt to disseminate “hate mentality” and cause mischief.

“President Goodluck Jonathan was voted for by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians across the board, and he will never promote any policy that is either divisive or inimical to the wellbeing of any section of the polity.

“What the country needs today is total co-operation, of all its citizens and stakeholders, with the Government and our military and the security agencies.

“We wish to assure Nigerians that in spite of this and many more distractions, the President is focused on continued successful executions of his transformation Agenda; and the guarantee of the security of lives and properties of the Nigerian people.”

•Photo shows President Jonathan.

Source News Express

Posted 12/08/2014 7:58:08 PM





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