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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Nigerians yet to grasp the complexities of fighting terrorism – Jonathan

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From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

Amidst growing international pressure for the Federal Government to secure the release of the over 200 girls abducted in Chibok by the Boko Haram, President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians are yet to understand the complexities involved in the fight against terrorism.

President Jonathan stated this at the weekend, in Lafia, while delivering a goodwill message on the occasion of the 40thanniversary of the ascension to the throne of the Emir of Lafia, Dr. Isa Mustafa Agwai I.

The president noted that the war against terrorism is a new phenomenon in the country and that because of the complexities involved, Nigerians are yet to fully grasp these complexities.

Represented at the occasion by the Minister for Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, the president said government is conscious of the serious challenges posed by the prevailing insecurity, particularly in the north-eastern part of the country, adding that his administration will do whatever it takes to ensure that activities of insurgents is checked.

He said the Federal Government, with active support and collaboration of the international community will continue to take drastic steps that will not only see to the rescue of the Chibok girls but other citizens abducted before or after the Chibok incidence.

“We need the support of Nigerians; we need their understanding, because we are fighting terrorism that is entirely new to us” the President pleaded.

Meanwhile, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd), who alongside his wife, Sen. Daisy Danjuma, were honoured with the traditional titles of the Barde-Babba and Aminiya of Lafia respectively, said the country is witnessing a season of sorrow and mourning caused by decades of the neglect of a sizeable portion of the society.

He lamented that Nigerians are now dying in thousands in needless battles and conflict, stressing that the society and economy are in tatters, with the younger generation of Nigerians completely denied functional and qualitative education in a highly competitive world.

“The masses of our people are chained down in dehumanizing and grinding poverty while we continue to maintain some few islands of false prosperity in a turbulent ocean of penury and squalor” T.Y Danjuma said.

While observing that there cannot be peace and harmony where there is wide disparity between the few rich and a multitude of the poor, Danjuma however pleaded with the Boko Haram to release the abducted Chibok girls to allow them go back to school.

He stated that nobody has the mandate to scatter Nigeria and that nobody should be allowed to scatter Nigeria, urging Nigeria in what ever capacity to work towards restoring sanity in the political life of the country.

On his part, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, said his administration will continue to collaborate with the security agencies, traditional and religious leaders in its determination to fight insurgency, crime and criminality, as well as other divisive tendencies in the society.

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