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Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

Terrorism: There’re saboteurs in armed forces, says Jonathan

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President Goodluck JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye

President Goodluck Jonathan has acknowledged the existence of saboteurs among men and officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces even as he reiterated the determination of his government to equip the military to fight terror in the country.

The President made the disclosure yesterday at an Abuja Methodist Church during a service in commemoration of the Armed forces Remembrance Day.

Jonathan, who noted that terrorism remains a global challenge, also urged the people to pray for the security agents and their family members.

He said “Let me also appreciate the armed forces. Whenever you hear that people have been killed, there is this temptation to say they are not doing anything.

“Yes, we know there are some black legs within the armed forces, no doubt about that. Some have been caught, some are being prosecuted.

But on the overall, Nigerian armed forces are gallant people. They have been working hard day and night, with the police and other organisations like SSS and NIA. That is why we are even sleeping.

On occasions like this, we must commend them, appreciate them and really encourage them.”

The President assured that the government would continue to equip the army saying “For a government, we will continue to assist you. Of course that is why we launched the Victim Support Fund. I did mention from day one that the fund will serve both civilians affected by terror and members of the Armed forces who have lost property and their lives during terror attacks.

We decided that the fund should be managed by the private sector so that there would be no government intervention. We have raised a reasonable amount and we promise to raise more money.

We told the fund managers that they have to move in now and start identifying the widows, the orphans of military and others who need assistance.”


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