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Barely 24 hours after holding an emergency meeting with service chiefs,
Inspector General of Police, Mr Hafiz Ringim, Director General of the
State Security Service, SSS, Ita Ekpenyong and the National Security
Adviser, General Andrew Azazi, (rtd), over the precarious security
situation in the country, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has vowed
to route the Boko Haram sect whom he described as a group of “evil-
minded people who want to cause anarchy to the end”.
President Jonathan in fact had met twice with the security chiefs and
reportedly berated them for their inability to curb the menace of the sect.
Jonathan who spoke when he received Mr. Mohame Bazoum, Deputy
Prime Minister of Niger Republic, who brought a condolence message for
lives lost during the Christmas day bombings and solidarity message
from President Issoufou Mahamadou in Abuja however pleaded with
neighboring countries to assist Nigeria in the ongoing battle to dismantle
He observed that perpetrators of the dastardly act often take safety in
some neighboring countries after inflicting pains on their victims.
Noting that both Muslims and Christians have been victims of the serial
attacks by members of the sect, the president called for a concerted
effort by all well-meaning Nigerians to bring this problem under control.
Although the sect had consistently claimed that enforcement of the
Sharia system in Nigeria was one of its goals, President Jonathan refuted
claims that they were prosecuting a religious agenda, adding that “no
religion asks its followers to throw bombs to kill people they don’t even
Earlier, Bazoum had stated that the sect which he also described as
“evil” was not prosecuting any religious agenda going by their modus of
Bazoum said President Issoufou was concerned about the violence and
loss of lives, and assured President Jonathan of the Nigerien President’s
support in the efforts to check the activities of Boko Haram.
He urged Nigerians to emulate the tolerance exhibited by President
Jonathan in handling the affairs of the nation.
FG vows to uproot Boko Haram sect
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