Chibok Girls: Northern Leaders Ultimatum to Jonathan an Unacceptable Political Slant – FG
The Federal Government has described the ultimatum issued to President Goodluck Jonathan on the to end insurgency and rescue the abducted Chibok girls as taking insurgency to an unacceptable political slant.
Northern leaders under the auspices of the Northern Elders Forum had yesterday given the president up till the end of October to end insurgency and rescue the abducted Chibok girls who have been in captivity for the past four months.
Rising from its meeting which held in Kaduna on Monday, the northern elders said the president would have demonstrated that he does not deserve a second time if he cannot ensure the security of lives and properties of the people who governs.
They identified “lack of a strong will at the level of the presidency, deep-seated corruption, and incompetence in governments and in the management of security challenges”
But the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Chief Mike Omeri said the deliberate attempt to introduce political dimension into the war against insurgency will not help in the desired success to stamp out terrorism in the country.
He spoke during the weekly briefing of the National Information Centre which also had the Spokesperson of the Directorate of State Security Service, Marilyn Ogar as well as the Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba in attendance.
The statement reads:
We have consistently maintained that the war against insurgency is one in which every stakeholder in the Nigerian enterprise must be committed to its being defeated and wiped out of our shores.
It is against this backdrop that we kick against the deliberate attempt to introduce political dimension into the war against those that have taken arms against well-meaning Nigerians that are daily struggling to eke a living in spite of daily challenges.
Towards this end, it has to be understood that until and unless, all residents take a personal interest to see the fight against insurgency which is alien to us before now, we may be far from achieving the desired success.
We make bold to say that our security forces are sufficiently armed and committed to not only flushing out members of Boko Haram but working assiduously to ensure a guaranteed, peaceful and desired atmosphere required for development.
Setting a deadline for an end to insurgency in the country is not akin to the same thing with the war being prosecuted by our military that is desirous to end the fight as quickly as possible. They are the ones at the war front and know and understand the pains and difficulties they face. Therefore, if anything, the military would be too happy to see an end to this unnecessary war to enable return to their barracks and reunite with their families.
Running Errands For Insurgents
We wish to restate that terror against one person or country is terror against all, thus any individual that runs an errand for an insurgent is and must be considered an enemy of the people. We hereby appeal to commercial drivers and other transporters not to accept unverified parcels from unknown persons for onward delivery to other locations.
Emir Of Gwoza Not Missing
In line with our commitment to always brief you based on authenticated and verifiable information, we wish to inform you that the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohhamed Idrisa Timta, who was reported to have been declared missing last weekend when members of Boko Haram invaded his domain, is alive and not missing as erroneously reported by a section of the media.
Appeal To The Media
In this wise, we wish to appeal to the media to practice within the confines of acceptable norms and ethics of the journalism profession as well as lay emphasis and adhere to social responsibility to the larger public which we all serve. A situation whereby some journalists sit in Maiduguri and other parts of the country and report on fighting taking place in Gwoza, Dmboa and other places of high risks in such sensational way without being in the battle field leaves much to be desired.
We all owe this country our allegiance and loyalty than any other interest. It is only when Nigeria is peaceful that we can effectively carry out our various duties and responsibilities.
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