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Jonathan appeals for reconstruction instead of UN force

17 April 2015, 08:32Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the United Nations to help Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of communities affected by terrorism instead of deploying an international force to combat Boko Haram.

The President stated this at an audience with the Special Representatives of the UN  Secretary-General for West Africa and Central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily in Abuja.

He expressed the view that UN intervention in the country should not be based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

This relates to military enforcement of peace.

Also Read: Nigeria says no need for UN military enforcement to battle Boko Haram

He proposed Chapter 8 which recognises the role of regional bodies such as the African Union in working with the United Nations for the promotion of peace and security.

The President added that Chapter 8 was robust enough to tackle insurgency in Nigeria and other African countries.  

Jonathan also told the UN envoys that with the cooperation of neighbouring countries, the Nigerian military had already regained most of the territories seized by Boko Haram in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States.

The military, he said, had now commenced a final push to take the last stronghold of the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

Boko Haram has killed more than 13 000 civilians and displaced over 1,5 million over the years.

- CAJ News


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