Saturday, June 28, 2014

Goodluck Jonathan Grants Article on Missing Chibok Girls to Washington

by Goodluck Jonathan.

Goodluck Jonathan writes for the United States' newspaper The
Washington Post about the missing Chibok girls and fighting with the
Boko Haram terrorist sect
President Goodluck Jonathan
On June 26, a popular and one of the most prominent U.S.
newspapers,The Washigton Post, published an article by President
Goodluck Jonathan entitled"Nothing is more important than bringing
home Nigeria's missing girls". In it, he explains his previous silence
on the ongoing rescue operations, commiserates with the families of
the abducted girls.

Nigeria, along with the whole world, has been holding its breath since
mid-April, when 276 girls were kidnapped from Chibok town in Borno
State. Officially, 197 still remain in captivity.
In his Washington Post article, President Goodluck Jonathan notes
that, in order to defeat the Boko Haram menace, Nigerians need to
overcome certain"political, religious and ethnic cleavages"and to
establish"greater understanding and outreach between Muslims and

Although terrorism"knows no borders,"the international collaboration
between Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, the United Kingdom and
the United States will most likely result in"something positive,"such
as the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls.

Jonathan addresses his"partisan"critics who interpreted his silence as
a sign of"inaction or even weakness":
"I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria's
military, police and investigators ... to avoid compromising the
details of our investigation."
He then assures the potential readers that the Nigerian government,
Nigeria's security and intelligence services"have spared no resources,
have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home
and the thugs who took them are brought to justice"and that on his
orders, military forces have "aggressively sought these killers in
the forests of northern Borno state".

He commiserated with the families of the missing children, saying as a
parent, he knows know how awfully this must hurt and declaring finding
and rescuing the girls is the number one point in his agenda.

In September, Jonathan says, he will urge the United Nations' General
Assembly to establish a system for sharing intelligence and, if
necessary, special forces and law enforcement to confront terrorism
wherever it occurs

Reference: Naij

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