Abuja - The Federal Government has taken utmost care to avoid loss of lives and property as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram, President Goodluck Jonathan said.
He stated this at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria Noh Kyu-Duk in Abuja.
According to the President, the military was doing everything possible to avoid human rights violations during its operations in the North Eastern states.
There have been reports the military has been involved in rights violations during anti-terror operations.
“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 North-East," he said.
"We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons."
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He said the military had a reputation for discipline while his administration had insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians.
"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,” Jonathan said.
The President also told the new South Korean Ambassador 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.
He invited the international community, particularly countries that were more technologically advanced, to complement local efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country.
He urged the South Korean envoy and his Indonesian counterpart Harry Purwanto, who was also at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of existing trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their countries.
The new ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving them and assured him that they will do their best to promote stronger economic and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria during their tenure in Abuja.
- CAJ News