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We Are Going To War With Boko Haram, Jonathan Tells Military

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday directed the security forces to

launch a full-scale military operation to put an end to the impunity of

terrorists in the country.
The president gave the directive in his democracy day broadcast.

Jonathan said that Nigeria's unity and stability as well as the protection

of lives and property were non-negotiable.
He restated the determination of his administration to protect the

nation's democracy, national unity and political stability, by waging a

total war against terrorism.
The president said the activities of terror groups in the country had

caused debilitating pains and horror on the nation particularly the

abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno.
“It is now 45 days since the horrifying abduction of the college girls of

Chibok. I share the deep pain and anxiety of their parents and guardians.

“I assure them once again that government will continue to do everything

possible to bring our daughters home.
“I have also authorised the security forces to use any means necessary

under the law to ensure that this is done.
“I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will

be driven away.
“It will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this

Jonathan, however, said that government would be open to dialogue and

reconciliation with any one or group willing to genuinely renounce terror.

“For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international

terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their

problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation,

if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.
“My government, while pursuing security measures, will explore all

options, including readiness to accept unconditional renunciation of

violence by insurgents.
“Government will also ensure their de-radicalization, rehabilitation and

re-integration into the broader society.”
The president underscored the need for all Nigerians to remain united to

win the war against terrorism.
“Christians, Muslims, farmers, fishermen, herdsmen, teachers, lawyers,

clergy or clerics, the rich, the poor and Nigerians from all sections of

the country must work together.
“The war against terror may be difficult, but the days of peace will come

again. Terror is evil; nowhere in history has evil endured forever.

“The menace of Boko Haram will surely come to an end. I believe that

because of your prayers, your courage, hardwork, faith and sacrifice, we

will ultimately prevail over the terrorists and all other evil forces.”

The president commended the Armed Forces for the supreme price they had

paid in confronting insecurity and urged Nigerians to always appreciate

them rather than castigate them.
“We must show confidence in their ability. I have no doubt that, with the

support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we

will reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists,”

he said.
Jonathan expressed optimism that the nation would overcome its challenges

and Nigeria would take her rightful place in the world.