New York - President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed Nigeria’s gratitude to President Barack Obama and the U.S. government for their "evident solidarity and support’’ for the country in its committed fight against terrorism.
The North America Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President stated this in his letter addressed to the U.S. President dated June 4.
Jonathan noted that the U.S. government’s declaration of a bounty on the head of the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, along with other terrorist leaders across the African continent was a most welcome development.
"As I indicated in my earlier letter to you, Nigeria is unwaveringly committed to successfully prosecuting the fight against the scourge of terrorism in all its ramifications in our country.
"In frontally facing up to the threat of Ahlul Sunna li daawa wal Jihad (Boko Haram), our law enforcement agents are under strict instructions to adhere to the clearly defined rules of engagement.
"They are not to engage in acts that may have the effect of compromising the human rights and safety of innocent citizens in the areas of operation,’’ Jonathan stressed.
He added that "in this quest, Mr President (Obama), we are with the U.S. in the belief that an act of terrorism against any nation or group is an attack against our common humanity, and it must be resolutely resisted by all legitimate means.’’
"I fully acknowledge your committed leadership of the global fight against international terrorism as well as your government’s steadfast support for us and other nations which have come under terrorist attacks over the years.
"I very much look forward to even closer cooperation between our two nations in the fight against this global menace.’’