Jonathan restates commitment to stop insurgency
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.