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No stone 'll be left unturned in search for Chibok schoolgirls: Jonathan

By The Rainbow
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President Goodluck Jonathan has said for the umpteenth time that the Federal Government would do its utmost best to rescue the abducted school girls of Chibok, Borno State

, Jonathan said on Saturday that the government in collaboration with other African and European na­tions is ready to comb the entire globe to find and rescue the schoolgirls in, by the Boko Haram sect.

He spoke at the e com­missioning ceremony of a Shipyard and a Maritime University built by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State.

The President cancelled the activities of dance troupes invited to entertain him on the occasion.

'More and more countries have indi­cated interest to find the missing girls and to deal with the issue of terrorism. Already USA, UK, China, France, Is­rael, Spain, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Benin Republic and others have joined the search. Interpol of Nigeria and other nations are ready to search the whole world to get them,' he said.

'The story that some people bought them is wrong, because they can't be sold,' the President declared.

Jonathan further warned those in­volved in illegal oil bunkering to find an alternative means of livelihood, adding that his administration would do every­thing possible to stop the illicit business. His words: 'Leave that illegal business. You must leave it. People are using our boys to pollute the environment because of stipends. We're simply devastating the environment that we can't recover in 200 years because of stipends. It's like cursing the unborn children from this region that they will be born with deformities. So, youths must say no to crude way of refining crude. They just boil crude and get 20 percent and pour 80 percent into the environment to pol­lute it', he stated. The President urged the boys and girls engaged in various nefarious activities to key into the Am­nesty and Nigeria Seafarers Develop­ment Programmes (NSDP) for capacity building. 'When you finish, you can work anywhere in the world. Mean­while, we'll look into the N90 billion judgment debt', he said. He also used the occasion to call on all Nigerians to embrace peace as there can be no sus­tainable development in a rancorous atmosphere.

'Today, we're smiling here in Gbara­matu Kingdom and commissioning projects. That's because there is peace here now. Few years ago when I came here as Vice President, no one smiled or drank water. It was tensed due to crisis. Luckily after the trip and with amnesty, we're smiling, dancing and drinking. That goes to show that if there is no peace, there is no development anywhere in the world. 2005/2006 was hot for Okerenkoko. We're pleased to­day with the Niger/Delta people even though we have criminal people among us', he said. Jonathan was accompanied by Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, his Anambra State counter­part, Willie Obiano, Minister of Trans­port, Senator Idris Umar, among other dignitaries.