Leadership (Abuja)

9 May 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Aborts Visit To Namibia Over Killings In Nigeria

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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has cut short his visit to South Africa and aborted his state visit to Namibia billed to commence Thursday. He is jetting back to Nigeria, following news of the wanton killings of Nigerians by insurgents across the country.

The president is to meet with security chiefs in the country as soon as he arrives Abuja. Jonathan who was to proceed to Namibia from South Africa where he had been since on Monday had to suspend the trip to return to Nigeria. LEADERSHIP gathered that Jonathan became alarmed when he received report of the spate of killings and attacks by the Boko Haram groups on military installations including Bama in Borno State, ambush on mobile policemen in Nasarawa State by the Ombatse cult group which led to the death of 23 mobile policemen and the onslaught against Agatu villagers by the fulani herdsmen in Benue State that led to several deaths.

Overwrought by these reports, the president had on Wednesday warned the Boko Haram sect not to look at federal government's call fo dialogue with its members as a weakness or cowardise.

According to him, dialogue as an option for addressing the security challenge in the country does not mean government was incapacitated in it's resolve to apply all the security forces in its arsenal to crush what he described as "all brazen affronts to the powers and sovereignty of the Nigerian nation". Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati noted in a statement on Thursday that Jonathan was "returning to Abuja immediately to personally oversee efforts by national security agencies to contain the fresh challenges to national security which have emerged this week in Borno, Plateau and Nassarawa States.

"President Jonathan will on arrival, meet with the Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police and heads of national security services on arrival to review the security situation in the country".

Also, a tweet by Abati yesterday afternoon to this effect noted that President Goodluck Jonathan has cut short his official trip to South Africa and had also aborted a similar to Namibia.

President Jonathan who had on Wednesday condemned Tuesday's attack by the Boko Haram members on Bama, Borno State which claimed scores of lives, said it flies in the face of his ongoing bid to establish a platform for dialogue and the peaceful resolution with members of the sect.

"The Federal Government's consideration of dialogue as an option for the elimination of some current threats to security should not be seen as a weakening of its resolve and determination to use all the forces at its disposal to crush all brazen affronts to the powers and sovereignty of the Nigerian nation", he warned.

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