Jonathan re­states com­mit­ment to stop in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili Pres­i­dent Jonathan

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has raised the alarm that ter­ror­ism is es­ca­lat­ing in the coun­try. He was speak­ing in Abuja on Tues­day at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Nigeria Po­lice Force In­ter­na­tional Peace­keep­ing Cen­tre and the Force Mu­seum.

The pres­i­dent had, at dif­fer­ent fora, claimed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion was win­ning the ter­ror war. But he ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day that the coun­try was cur­rently wit­ness­ing an “es­ca­la­tion of ter­ror­ism”.

He de­cried what he de­scribed as “un­prece­dented vi­o­lence and crim­i­nal acts”. The pres­i­dent, how­ever, as­sured that his ad­min­is­tra­tion was de­ter­mined to con­front the chal­lenges. “I hardly need to say that we live in a chang­ing time in which we are wit­ness­ing un­prece­dented vi­o­lence and crim­i­nal acts. We are wit­ness­ing an es­ca­la­tion of ter­ror­ism. Ter­ror­ists’ acts and in­sur­gency are in­im­i­cal to our progress. We are de­ter­mined to con­front in our so­ci­ety”, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ma­jor and com­pelling role of the po­lice at the mo­ment is to main­tain in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, ac­tively com­bat ter­ror­ism and pro­vide se­cu­rity for Nige­ri­ans.

He said he was con­fi­dent that the Nigeria Po­lice Force would be alive to this re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The pres­i­dent said he ap­pre­ci­ated the com­mit­ment and the ser­vices the se­cu­rity agencies had been ren­der­ing to the coun­try in spite of the cur­rent chal­lenges.

He de­scribed the con­struc­tion of the po­lice peace­keep­ing cen­tre as a step in the right di­rec­tion, say­ing he was con­fi­dent that the cen­tre would be utilised to train and build the re­quired ca­pac­ity of troops as they meet their obli­ga­tion in do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ing du­ties.

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