Don't use terrorism as excuse to maltreat Nigerians , Jonathan tells US

By The Rainbow

The recent designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organisations  must not be used to maltreat  Nigerians travelling to America on legitimate engagements,

President Goodluck Jonathan has told the United States of America not to use the recent designation of two groups in Nigeria - Boko Haram and Ansaru – as terrorist groups to maltreat Nigeria.

Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, spoke with  the United States delegation led by the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Sambo also assured the delegation that the Government was doing everything possible to  put an end to the security challenges in the North-eastern part of the country, stressing that apart  from the military action, other measures  were being taken to address the socio-economic situation in that area. He noted that Nigerians are in full support of the actions government was taking to end the insurgency.   Sambo also informed the delegation that President Goodluck Jonathan had directed strict compliance of the rule of engagement and human rights in the efforts towards curbing the activities of the insurgents. He further stressed that the rule of law remained the cardinal principle of the incumbent administration's transformation agenda.   The vice president also told the delegation about the developmental strides the government was making to re-position the socio-economic status of Nigerians, especially in the areas of Agriculture, education, power supply, transportation and youth and women empowerment among other sectors of the economy.   The leader of the delegation, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that they were in Nigeria to follow up on the discussions held between Jonathan and Barrack Obama in September.