Flash: Don’t Misconstrue Amnesty For Weakness – President Jonathan Warns Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan spe

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the recent attack by the dreaded sect Boko Haram in Bama, Borno State, in which 55 persons mostly soldiers and policemen died. He also extended his condolences to the families and colleagues of the soldiers, policemen and prison officials and other innocent civilians who lost their lives or were injured in the dastardly attack.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Reuben Abati, Jonathan warned that “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 sign of weakness.”

“President Jonathan believes that the continuation of such callous and wanton attacks of innocent Nigerians, government facilities and security formations flies in the face of ongoing efforts to establish a workable framework for dialogue and the peaceful resolution of security challenges in Northern Nigeria’’ the statement reads.

He further asked the armed forces and police “not to be disheartened or daunted by the loss of their colleagues, but to remain focused and undeterred in discharging their responsibility for the security of lives and property in all parts of Nigeria with the assurance that the Federal Government will continue to give them “the fullest possible support to enhance their ability to meet the continuing challenges of terrorism and insurgency.”

Boko Haram insurgents had on Tuesday attacked a military barrack, a police station, a prison facility setting free over a hundred prisoners while they burnt and killed 55 people in the process.

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