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Democracy Day: Jonathan Orders Military Crackdown On Boko Haram

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Oyewale Oyelola

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

President Jonathan made this declaration in address to the nation on 15years celebration of fourth republic on Thursday.

According to him, “I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, by waging a total war against terrorism. The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable. I have instructed our security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.

“I have also authorized the security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that this is done. I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will be driven away – it will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this goal.”

He reiterated commitment of Federal Government to dialogue with terrorists who are willing to renounce and embrace peace, noting that violence cannot solve their problems.

The president added the government  will explore all options, including readiness to accept unconditional renunciation of violence by insurgents, and to ensure their de-radicalization, rehabilitation and re-integration into the broader society.

Jonathan stated that government will do everything possible to rescue the abducted over 200 school girls in Chibok in April. “It is now 45 days since the horrifying abduction of the college girls of Chibok. I share the deep pain and anxiety of their parents and guardians and I assure them once again that government will continue to do everything possible to bring our daughters home.” He added

He commended Nigerian security forces for their effort to fight Boko Haram to stand still.

“We must commend our security forces. We must not forget their gallantry and successes in liberating nations and in peacekeeping, from Liberia to Sierra Leone,  Congo, Sudan, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and many places in Africa and beyond. Our forces have paid the supreme price in several places at several times.

“Today, they face a different challenge, an unconventional war by terrorists. They are adjusting and are being equipped to tackle the new menace of terrorism. We must show confidence in their ability. I have no doubt that, with the support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we will

reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists.” He said.

The president disclosed that Nigeria is the largest economic in Africa, noting the World Economic Summit on Africa recently held in Nigeria will brought additional flow of investment into the Nigerian economy estimated at over $68 billion over the next few years.

He thanked global communities for their  solidarity support to fight the insurgency in Nigeria and rescue the abducted school girls.

Jonathan urged Nigerians to be united against the growing Boko Haram insurgency which had claimed  lives of innocent citizens.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria will win the war against terrorist.

“The war against terror may be difficult, but the days of peace will come again. Terror is evil; nowhere in history has evil endured forever. The menace of Boko Haram will surely come to an end. I believe that because of your prayers, your courage, hardwork, faith and sacrifice, we will ultimately prevail over the terrorists and all other evil forces.”

He said he ordered a low-key commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day in deference of the current mood of the nation.


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