Thursday, 20 June 2013

Jonathan Writes Obama Over Terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians and the international community of the protection of human rights and safety of innocent citizens as his administration deploys the military against terrorists in the country.
Jonathan in a letter to President of United States (U.S.), Barack Obama, said: “Nigeria is unwaveringly committed to successfully prosecuting the fight against the scourge of terrorism in all its ramifications in our country.”
According to him, in combating terrorism, the country’s law enforcement agents have been strictly instructed to adhere to “clearly defined” rules of engagement.
“They are not to engage in acts that may have the effect of compromising the human rights and safety of innocent citizens in the areas of operation,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to the U.S. government for its “evident” solidarity and support in Nigeria’s “committed” fight against terrorism as depicted by the heinous atrocities being committed by the fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group, Ahlul Sunna li daawa wal Jihad (Boko Haram) in the north eastern part of the country.
Jonathan re-affirmed that Nigeria is in sync with the U.S. in “the belief that an act of terrorism against any nation or group is an attack against our common humanity and imust be resolutely resisted by all legitimate means. I fully acknowledge your committed steadfast support for us and other nations which have come under terrorist attack over the years.
I look forward to even closer co-operation between our two nations in the fight against this global menace,” Jonathan stated.