By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Citizens’ Cultural Renaissance Initiative, a socio-cultural Non-Governmental Organisation for the mobilisation of citizens for national integration and cultural rebirth, has commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on the recent spate of success scored by the Nigerian military against insurgents, especially in the North eastern part of the country.
A statement by the Secretary General of the NGO, Ben Konya at the weekend said, “We applaud the gallantry of our armed forces under the able leadership of the Commander-in-Chief, and we view these successes as testament to the courage, sustained will and resolve of the President Jonathan Administration to defeat terror.”
The statement said when the President asserted last month that government would defeat terror, and that he would lead Nigerians to achieve that, he assured Nigerians that insurgency will ultimately be defeated in our land.
“Today, with the spate of arrests of masterminds of every bombing, the recapture of Boko Haram bases in Sambisa, Balmo and Gwoza, the capture of Boko Haram’s self-confessed ‘chief Butcher’-Zakari Mohammed, the elimination of the face of Boko Haram -‘AbubakarShekau’, the continuing surrender of hundreds of insurgents, among others, even some of the ardent critics now admit that the peace and tranquility in the North East have vastly improved,” the statement said.
“With these successes, which we see as just the beginning steps in winning the undoubtedly difficult war against terror in our land, there could not have been a better present for this Eid-El Kabir and Independence celebrations,” the statement added.
While expressing gratitude and appreciation for the gallant men and women of our armed forces, who continue to make huge sacrifice for our security, the statement called on all Nigerians to increase support and encouragement for Nigerian troops.
“Our organisation will in the days ahead, in partnership with other willing patriots, launch a support initiative to support our troops and their families. That is a duty we owe our fatherland,” the statement said.