Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan denied some media reports
quoting him as suggesting terrorism was normal in the country.
Reuben Abati, special adviser to the president on media
and publicity, said such reports were false and a “harmful misrepresentation.”
“Reports in a section of the media which quoted President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as saying at a Christmas church service on Wednesday in
Abuja that “terrorism has come to stay” in Nigeria are completely untrue and a
mischievous misrepresentation of the President’s remarks.
verifiable remarks at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp Abuja were
to the effect that in comparison with some other countries which have
experienced the scourge of terrorism, Nigeria has made remarkable progress in
dealing with the security challenges posed by terrorism and insurgency,” Abati
He said some headlines in the media were therefore most
incongruous with the thrust of the President’s remarks and amounted to taking
extreme editorial liberties with his comments at the church service.
“It is apparent that in their indecent haste to cast the
most sensational and negative headlines, some editors never paused to consider
that it would have been most absurd for a President whose administration has
done so much to reverse the tide of terrorism, to publicly assert the
contrary,” Abati added.
He said while speaking at the Church where he worshipped,
along with members of his family, his aides and some Ministers, President
Jonathan only pointed out that whereas terrorism remained a global challenge
and a source of continuing concern in some countries, Nigeria had done
comparatively better in reducing the incidence of terrorist attacks.
“Interpreting those remarks, which are clearly in tandem
with facts available to all objective observers of Nigeria’s war against
terrorism as an expression of defeat or helplessness, amounts to reckless
scaremongering which can only serve the purpose of needlessly instigating fear
among the populace and bolstering the confidence of criminal and unpatriotic
He urged the media to evade undue negativity and join
hands with the government to patriotically promote peace, national security and
“The war against terrorism is very winnable and President
Jonathan’s administration is steadily winning it in Nigeria. The Federal
Government, the Armed Forces and national security agencies will continue to
build on the successes they have achieved so against terrorists, insurgents and
– CAJ News