CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

24 April 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan Hails Patriot Buhari On Terror Comments

Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has commended General Muhammadu Buhari, the former Head of State, for his patriotism following the latter's views on terrorism and insecurity in the country.

This follows Buhari's comments in the media when he expressed optimism government would win the war against terror.

Jonathan welcomed the remarks in a press statement by Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, from Abuja.

According to Abati, Jonathan believes that the position taken by General Buhari was that of a true patriot, respected former Head of State, revered elder statesman and nationalist.

"The President welcomes General Buhari's call on all Nigerians to remain steadfast and work in unity to overcome terrorists and other merchants of death who currently threaten national security.

"President Jonathan fully shares General Buhari's view that a minority must never be allowed to bring the nation to its knees through terror," Abati said.

He added that the President has noted General Buhari's recommendation that the nation's counter-terrorism strategies be further fine-tuned and welcomes his kind offer of support and co-operation in dealing with the challenge of terrorism.

Abati said the President assured General Buhari of his administration's sincere commitment and dedication to the successful prosecution of the fight against terrorism and all other threats to national security.

The President also assured the General of his preparedness to work with him and all other patriotic Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliation, to strengthen national security and end the scourge of terrorism.

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