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GEJ Cancels State Visit To Namibia, Returns To Abuja To Deal With Security Challenges

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 09, (THEWILL) - In view of recent developments back home in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has cut short his visit to South Africa and aborted his state visit to Namibia which was due to start today (Thursday), a statement from the Presidency today said.

The President’s spokesman, Reuben Abati said, “The President is returning to Abuja immediately to personally oversee efforts by national security agencies to contain the fresh challenges to national security which have emerged this week in Borno, Plateau and Nassarawa States.”

Over 70 persons have died in Boko Haram related attacks since the President departed Abuja about three days ago.

“President Jonathan will on arrival, meet with the Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police and heads of national security services on arrival to review the security situation in the country,” the statement added.