Vanguard (Lagos)

8 November 2012

Nigeria: 'Jonathan Has Strong Passion to End Boko Haram Crisis'

Despite not visiting Borno and Yobe states in the last two years since the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency, President Goodluck Jonathan has been described as having a strong passion on how to bring back peace to the two states and the rest of the Northeastern subregion of the country.

The president's passion to end the Boko Haram uprising was communicated by the delegation he sent to Borno State to condole the government and people on the murder of Major General Muhammadu Shuwa.

The delegation which was led by the Minister of Youth (State), Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir, include three other junior ministers, Alhaji Bukar Tijjani (Agriculture), Yerima Ngalma (Finance), Ambassador Bashir Yuguda (Sports).

Delivering the president's message, Abdulkadir said the president feels so strong about what is happening in this part of the country and is work assiduously to ensure peace returns.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan is working with the governor of Borno state as well as other governors to ensure security of lives and property in the country and that he would want all Nigerians to continue to pray for the peace of the land.

He said the Boko Haram crisis cannot be aligned to any religious as no religion preaches violence but it is just that "some guys are hiding under the guise of religion to ferment trouble but it is a well known fact that no religion condones violence, we pray that the situation becomes history soonest."

He used the opportunity to pray for all those the repose of the soul of those who have fallen since the crisis started,

He described the slain Shuwa as a nationalist who worked tiredlessly to keep the nation one and was willing to shed his blood on the war front.

Responding Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said the departure of Shuwa would be felt by all facets in the state as he was a tower of strength to many, his community and the government.

He said he was an iconic soldier, astute administrator and quintessential community man. "He was living with the people, fought for the people and died for the people." The governor said.

He added that while his colleagues were living in Asokoro, he lived in the high density Gwange and identified with the people and "we are definitely going to miss not only his intellect, but his useful advises."

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