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Jonathan restates commitment to end terrorism

27 February 2014, 06:40

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday reiterated his administration’s commitment to end all forms of terrorism in the country.

The President, who made this known in his Centenary broadcast to the nation, noted that security of Nigerians was the major concern of his administration.

He noted that economic transformation was part of his administration’s strategy to end terrorism in the country, adding that the security agencies would be strengthened the more toward this task.

“That is why our counter-terrorism strategy is not about enforcing law and order as we have equipped our security forces to do.”

“It also involves expanding economic opportunities, social inclusion, education and other measures that will help restore normalcy, not in the short term but permanently,” he said.

Jonathan regretted Tuesday’s killing of students in Yobe, describing the terrorists action as “heartless”.

“Just yesterday, young students full of hopes were callously murdered, while they slept in the college dormitories in Yobe State.”

“We will continue to do everything possible to permanently eradicate the scourge of terrorism and insurgency in the country.”

“We recognise that the root cause of militancy, terrorism and insurgency is not the strength of extremist ideas, but corrupted values and ignorance.”

“I am deeply saddened by the deaths and that of other Nigerians in the hands of terrorists,” he said.

Jonathan urged Nigerians to unite in the fight against terrorism as the nation marks its centenary.

-    NAN

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