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Jonathan condemns killing of British soldier

24 May 2013, 07:45 Augustine Osayande

 Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of a British soldier by British-born Nigerian, Michael ‘Mujahid’ Adebolajo.

The slain Drummer Lee Rigby was a soldier with the British's 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Woolwich area of London.

In a statement made on Wednesday evening, Jonathan conveyed his condolence to both the British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British people over what he described as a “senseless and barbaric act.”

He said a terrorist attack anywhere was an attack on the way of life of all free nations, urging the entire world to collectively condemn any such senseless killings irrespective of race, ethnicity or religion.

“It is in this spirit that the Nigerian government is partnering with the British Government, as well as all other stakeholder to stand up to and fight terrorism and extremism in whatever guise it presents itself," Jonathan said.

He said each environment presented its own unique challenges and peculiarities, arguing that actions taken by affected nations might differ, yet the resolve to confront and defeat this threat should never be in doubt.

“Nigerians are collectively resolute about the need to protect the freedoms that define our existence and inter-relationships at home and overseas.

"Our recent past tells us that when we pull together, this common enemy and threat will eventually be defeated," Jonathan said.

- CAJ News

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