Improved security, top priority says Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday in Abuja improved security is a top priority for his administration.

According to him, the Nigeria's Armed Forces and security agencies would sustain and intensify ongoing operations against insurgents in the country's north-eastern states to achieve significantly improved security there ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Speaking at an audience with the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Uriel Palti, President Jonathan said that Nigeria will also continue to work with neighbouring countries for the effective implementation of the regional security arrangements which were recently concluded to enhance multilateral cooperation against extremism, terrorism, insurgency and other cross-border crimes.

The President told the Israeli Ambassador that the Federal Government was actively and progressively enhancing the ability of Nigeria's Armed Forces and security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists and insurgents.

President Jonathan added that the positive effects of steps taken by his administration in this regard will become increasingly apparent very soon.

The Israeli ambassador conveyed the condolences of the

Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu to President Jonathan and the people of Nigeria on the loss of lives in recent terrorist attacks.

He thanked President Jonathan for his recent visits to Israel.

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