Leadership (Abuja)

3 December 2012

Nigeria Is Safe Despite Bombings, Jonathan Insists

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Nigeria's transformation

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday insisted that Nigeria was a safe place in spite of bombings, and urged Nigerians not to entertain fear in their daily activities.

There have been an upsurge in the activities of terrorist activities, with the latest attacks in strategic places like the Military Church in Jaji and the SARS Headquarters in Abuja.

The sad developments had raised doubts in some quarters about the capability of the present administration to tackle insecurity

But Jonathan, in a statement issued yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, stressed that it was in the character of insurgents worldwide to audaciously attack institutions in order to spread maximum fear in the heart of the citizenry.

The president, who recalled when the IRA bombed the hotel in which the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and core members of her cabinet were holding a meeting, said it was not surprising that such strategic places were attacked in Nigeria.

"Some dailies reported that nowhere is safe in Nigeria. In truth this statement is not correct. President Jonathan wishes to assure Nigerians that inspite of this situation, the country is still largely safe and secure," the statement noted.

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