4 January 2013

Nigeria: Agoro Faults Jonathan's Claim on Terrorists Arrest

Ibadan — Former Chairman and Presidential candidate of defunct National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro has faulted the claim by President Goodluck Jonathan that most terrorists in the country have been arrested saying the statement lacks sincerity.

In a statement yesterday made available to newsmen in Ibadan Agoro said "the statement made on new year day by President Jonathan claiming and informing that his government had arrested 'Most terrorists in the country' must be consigned to the dustbin of nuisance value as one of the 'off the beat' statements he was known for.

"It becomes highly offensive and suspicious for the president relegating his office to that of either that of the National Security Adviser and or Minister of Information insensitively announcing a highly sensitive security matter during a church service.

"Unfortunately there was nothing there and then provided as proof by the President to back up his highly sentimental claim which was capable further inflaming religious tension among the faith.

"One would have expected the claim backed up with facts and figure at any rate. As if to make mockery of the President, on Tuesday 2nd January just a day after the reckless statement was made a soldier and 13 others were reportedly killed in Maiduguri, Borno state in a gun battle involving the military and the Boko Haram sect."

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