Abuja blast Jonathan: We’ll get over Boko Haram

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili Time­line: Bomb­ings in Abuja

In the wake of yes­ter­day’s ex­plo­sion that killed scores of people at Nyanya in Abuja, Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has de­scribed the Boko Haram in­sur­gency as tem­po­rary.

The pres­i­dent said the se­cu­rity agents would con­tinue to work hard, stress­ing that God will­ing, the na­tion would get over in­sur­gency.

“We will do our best. The se­cu­rity ser­vices will con­tinue to work very hard, God will­ing we will get over it. The is­sue of Boko Haram is tem­po­rary. Surely, we will get over it”, he said.

Jonathan, who spoke at the scene of the blast com­mis­er­ated with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.

The pres­i­dent also urged all Nige­ri­ans to be ob­ser­vant and vig­i­lant in or­der to cur­tail ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

He charged the me­dia to come up with en­light­en­ment pro­grammes on se­cu­rity aware­ness for Nige­ri­ans.

“You can see that I’m here with the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, David Mark and the chair­man of PDP, min­is­ters, Chief of De­fence Staff, ser­vice chiefs and all other very se­nior govern­ment func­tionar­ies. Let’s col­lec­tively ex­press our con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of those who suf­fered di­rectly on the in­ci­dent.

“I am also com­mend­ing se­cu­rity ser­vices for their prompt ac­tion. Though we lost quite a num­ber of people, we con­dole with our coun­try­men and women. We will con­tinue to work very hard.

“The is­sue of Boko Haram is tem­po­rary. Govern­ment is do­ing ev­ery­thing to make sure that we move our coun­try for­ward in spite of all the dis­trac­tions that want to take us back­ward. We prom­ise that we will get over it.

“We also want to use this unique op­por­tu­nity to plead with the me­dia and our great men and women to come up with en­light­en­ment pro­gramme for our people.

“Those coun­tries that face ter­ror, they have de­vel­oped great aware­ness. If there are un­usual move­ments of ve­hi­cles and bags, they call se­cu­rity and based on this, a lot of in­ci­dences are con­tained.

“So, we be­lieve that if people will be­come ob­ser­vant and all of us be­come se­cu­rity con­scious by the move­ment of people, we will be able to re­duce some of these in­ci­dences”, the pres­i­dent said.

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