World Must Act Urgently To Stop Global Terrorism-Jonathan Tells UN Security Council
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Wednesday in New York that the
world must act immediately to stop the troubling new phenomenon of
terrorists and foreign fighters attacking and trying to hold parts of
Addressing the United Nations Security Council High-Level Meeting on the
Threat of Terrorism to Global Peace and Security, President Jonathan said
that the international community must also do more to support countries
like Nigeria which are in the frontline of the war against terrorism.
“There is no doubt that foreign fighters have added a troubling dimension
to this emerging phase of terrorism. From targeted attacks by Al Qaeda a
few years ago, we now have mobile bands of thousands of terrorists
sweeping across vast areas, destroying lives, and even attempting to hold
territory. This is unacceptable; we must act now.
“We must capitalize on the commitment and evident determination of the
Security Council to seek more innovative responses to the threat of
terrorism and in particular to the growing menace of foreign fighters.
“The Council should be concerned about the existence of sources of arming
and funding terrorists. Evidence has shown that Boko Haram, for instance,
is resourced largely from outside our country.
“We must also commit to ensuring that countries which are in the frontline
of this challenge, receive adequate support from the international
“Only by united action and firm resolve can we check this raging threat to
humanity, and also build the enduring structures that will resist their
re-emergence,” President Jonathan said.
The President told the Security Council that his Administration continues
to confront the menace of terrorism with unrelenting determination and
that the Federal Government has also evolved initiatives to alleviate the
plight of people in affected communities.
“Nigeria knows too well the destructive effects of terrorist activities.
Over the past five years, we have been, and are still confronting threats
posed by Boko Haram to peace and stability predominantly in the North
Eastern part of our country.
“The costs are high: over 13,000 people have been killed, whole
communities razed, and hundreds of persons kidnapped, the most prominent
being our innocent daughters from Chibok Secondary School, in North East
“As daunting as the challenge may be, we have faced it with unrelenting
determination, mobilising all the resources at our disposal to ensure that
the scourge of terrorism is rooted out of our nation. In addition to our
counterterrorism efforts, we have evolved initiatives to alleviate the
plight of the population in the affected communities.
“These include a holistic effort through the Presidential Initiative for
the North East (PINE) which is aimed at providing immediate relief and
fast tracking the infrastructural re-development of the region. It also
has as a core goal, an integrated effort at achieving the
de-radicalisation of potential terrorist recruits.
“We have also launched a Victims Support Fund which has already raised
about 500 million dollars of the expected minimum of one billion dollars
in direct support of the victims of acts of terrorism. This is in addition
to the Safe Schools Initiative championed by Mr. Gordon Brown, former
British Prime Minister and currently the UN Special Envoy for Global
Education which is being rigorously supported by Nigeria's Federal
Government,” he said.
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