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Best practices being used in Boko Haram offensive: Jonathan

04 March 2015, 13:19Ismaila Chafe

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has said that utmost care is being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and property of civilians in the offensive against Boko Haram.

Jonathan made the statement in Abuja on Tuesday when he had audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Noh Kyu-Duk.

He said that everything possible was being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the theatre of operations in the northeast.

"We are sticking to international best practices in prosecuting the war against terrorism and doing our best to ensure that we don’t have cases of human rights abuses in the northeast.

"We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons.

"Our military has a reputation for discipline and we have insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians in the northeast.

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"The purpose of the entire operation is to save our people from the brutal tyranny of Boko Haram, so we cannot tolerate human rights abuses or willfully impose further suffering on them," the president said.

He further said that Nigeria’s entire security architecture was being reviewed, restructured and strengthened to ensure greater safety for Nigerians and foreign workers in all parts of the country.

"We are inviting all our friends in the international community, particularly those that are more technologically advanced, to complement our efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country in which our people and foreigners can live in peace and safety".

Jonathan urged the ambassador and his Indonesian counterpart, Mr Harry Purwanto, to present their letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of trade and economic relations with Nigeria.

The new ambassadors thanked the president for receiving them and assured him that they would do their best to promote stronger economic and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria.



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