NEWS: Jonathan’s Promise To Boko Haram

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By Dickson Blessing
   President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that Nigeria security forces would totally wipe out the Boko Haram sect in the north eastern part of the country before the general election on 28th March and 11th April.
   The president said this on Friday during a cocktail with the members of diplomatic corps at the presidential villa Abuja.
   He assured that the security forces would carry out operations to make sure that election is carried out successfully in the three affected states of Borno, Adamawa and  Yobe.
    He said, “This period will give them (security forces) the opportunity to ‎clean up the three states. If at all they cannot clean up the three states, at least two states will be recovered completely and more local governments even from the remaining state so that elections could be conducted even in Borno State.
“Even if we don’t take over all the territories in Borno State, definitely in Adamawa and Yobe states we will take over completely and even Borno State, the headquarters of Boko Haram, even if we don’t take over completely at least 70 per cent of that state will be free for elections to be conducted.
“This is because democracy can only be meaningful if people are allowed to select who rules them.”
   Jonathan cheered his administration as capable to defeat the sect just as Ebola was fought in his adminstration successfully. He noted that no single country could fight terrorism alone and that was why the country has collaborated with the neighbouring countries, sub-regional allies and other partners beyond the region to tackle the security challenge in the country.
   “We are already beginning to turn the trend. Let me reassure you very clearly that we will surely win the war against Boko Haram. We are moving faster now, ‎in the next few weeks, the whole world will know that we are totally committed and that we are in a position to save our people,” he added.
   The president also insisted that the rescheduled dates for the elections was taken in the best interest of the country.