Jonathan to in­sur­gents: You can’t dis­in­te­grate Nigeria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has said that the Boko Haram in­sur­gents could not dis­in­te­grate Nigeria.

Jonathan said this at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa, Abuja, yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing a del­e­ga­tion of Abuja res­i­dents who paid him homage at Easter.

Ac­cord­ing to him, hope re­mains that Nigeria will over­come its cur­rent tra­vails.

“Yes, as a na­tion, we are hav­ing tribu­la­tions; but surely, Nigeria has hope. Surely, we will over­come these tribu­la­tions. Even those who think that this coun­try will di­vide, those who think the coun­try will be di­vided into North, South, East and West; no way! Boko Haram will not dis­in­te­grate this coun­try,” he said.

Jonathan said not only was his ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ing very hard to tackle the present chal­lenges, but was also chang­ing its ap­proaches to the on­go­ing war against ter­ror­ism.

The pres­i­dent re­as­sured Nige­ri­ans that God will­ing, the Boko Haram sect would be elim­i­nated.

He noted that the sup­port ren­dered by Nige­ri­ans to the vic­tims of the Nyanya bomb ex­plo­sion in­di­cated that no crim­i­nal group funded within or out­side Nigeria could dis­in­te­grate the coun­try.

“Easter is the most im­por­tant cer­e­mony in Chris­tian faith. With­out his res­ur­rec­tion, our faith would have been in vain. His res­ur­rec­tion gives us hope. Just like Christ told the people when he was alive that in the world, you will have tribu­la­tions, but there is hope for you,” Jonathan said.

“Most of you are aware that when Nyanya was bombed, Nige­ri­ans from all reli­gions and tribes par­tic­i­pated in the evac­u­a­tion of people who were in­jured even be­fore se­cu­rity agents ar­rived. People do­nated more blood than re­quired.

Thank­ing Nige­ri­ans for their prayers, Jonathan pledged he and those work­ing with him would do their best to bring de­vel­op­ment to the coun­try.

The Min­is­ter of the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) Se­na­tor Bala Mo­hammed who led the del­e­ga­tion to the pres­i­dent, com­mended Nige­ri­ans for their re­sponses dur­ing the Nyanya ex­plo­sion.

The min­is­ter as­sured that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would work hard to make Abuja safe for all Nige­ri­ans.

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