1 January 2013

Nigeria: Most Boko Haram Members Have Been Arrested - Jonathan

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JTF soldiers in Jos

President Goodluck Jonathan announced on Tuesday that most members of the Islamic extremist group have been arrested by security forces in the country, saying with more prayers, the country shall overcome terrorism, kidnapping and armed robbery.

"Most of the terror suspects have been arrested. Most people will not know what the security agencies have been doing. The people who bombed police HQ, UN House and St Theresa's Catholic Church in Madalla have been arrested. We will continue to improve security architecture", the president said.

Speaking at a church service in All Saints Anglican Church in Abuja to mark the new year celebration, Jonathan who noted that prayers by the church have been helping his government to stabilise the country at a time of challenge, added that "there was time the country was drifting and everyone thought the country will not endure but the prayers rescued us.

"We shall overcome terrorism, kidnapping and armed robbery with more prayers from the Church. The new year will be better for the country. We have a huge population and we will continue to provide employment for our people and encourage entrepreneurship", the president stated.

Rev. Nicolas Okoh who delivered a sermon noted that the Anglican Church all over the world was celebrating the naming and circumcision of Jesus Christ as well as the new year.

In his sermon with the theme, "circumsize your heart", Okoh urged Nigerians, including the church, businessmen, civil servants and politicians at all levels to circumsise their hearts.

He chided teachers and academicians as well as students who dress indecently on campuses, asking them to circumsize their hearts, even as he told market women who sell fake products, petrol dollars and transporters who hike prices in festive periods, kidnappers, armed robbers and members of the Boko Haram sect.

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