KEEP CALM: President Jonathan says Nigerian remains safe, despite bombings

Published:3 Dec, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday insisted that Nigeria remained safe in spite of bombings, urging Nigerians not to entertain any fear in their daily activities.

There had been an upsurge in the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The latest being the attacks on a church in the Army Cantonement in Jaji and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad office in Abuja.

The developments had raised doubts in some quarters on the capability of the present administration to tackle insecurity

But Jonathan, in a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, stressed that it was in the character of insurgency worldwide to “audaciously attack institutions that will promote maximum fears in the heart of the citizenry.”

The President recalled that when the IRA bombed the hotel in which the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and core members of her cabinet were holding a meeting.

He said, “It is not surprising, therefore that as a consequence of the recent activities of the insurgents, some dailies reported that ‘nowhere is safe in Nigeria’. In truth and in reality, this statement is not correct.

“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wishes to assure Nigerians that in spite of this situation, the country is still largely safe and secure.

“President Jonathan wishes to state categorically of his unwavering commitment and determination to fight insecurity wherever they are found in Nigeria.”

  • Sadique Mamman

    If Nigeria is safe for us,we in Maiduguri will have hosted you long time ago. You stay protected from their attack with over a thousand guards and you have the audacity to irritate us with your stupid comments that sound more of a drunkard than it is presidential. Only God will judge you.

  • Grace Amor

    Nigerians are getting what they deserve. Voting in an educated illiterate who doesn’t think before he talks. What leadership skills does he have? He can’t even lead his immediate family talk less of a country terrorised by people he knows. We do not need prayers or a deliverer, we need to grow up in this country.

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