Boko Haram: FG Will Rebuild Destroyed Infrastructure In North East – Jonathan
BEVERLY HILLS, January 24, (THEWILL) – President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday said the Federal Government will rebuild all the infrastructure destroyed by Boko Haram in the North East.
Promising to also rehabilitate and ensure the return of all displaced people to their communities, President Jonathan said he was very worried by the continued destruction of lives and property in the zone.
He however re-assured that the Federal Government will defeat the insurgents by all means very soon.
President Jonathan gave the assurances in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while addressing supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri during his Presidential Campaign rally.
The President had arrived the town amid tight security and headed straight to the Shehu of Borno's palace to pay homage to the monarch and seek his blessing and support for his re-election bid.
Speaking later at the rally after being welcomed by the leader of the party in the state, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, who is also the Minister of State for Power, Jonathan said with the vast land and population of Borno state, the state “can feed the whole of this country.”
According to Jonathan, “Borno state can support the federal government in so many ways, but many people do not want to come to Borno state because to do this, one may suffer because of the common enemy of the whole of the people .”
Reassuring the people of the state of his determination to end the five-year-old insurgency , President Jonathan said: “I am promising the whole of you that we shall surely end this insurgency. We will surely stop Boko Haram and we shall return Borno to the path of peace.”
According to him, “Whatever it takes to do this and to ensure the return of the Chibok girls, we will do. We will surely conquer Boko Haram. We will surely return this state to the peaceful state we know.”
Assuring the president of the support of the people of the state, former governor of the state, Senator Ali Modu-Sherrif, said: “If there is free and fair election in the Borno state Mr. President I can assure you that Shettima cannot score 30 percent of the vote cast. I must also assure you that the whole of Borno is for you if we are going to conduct free and fair election.”
According to Modu-Sherrif, “Our enemies are not from outside but the enemies within.”
Other speakers at the rally included Senator Ahmadu Ali, the Director General of Jonathan Campaign Organisation; Gombe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, Alhaji Shettima Mustapha who was the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Taminu Turaki, Hon. Mohammed Wakil.
Why rallying the support of the people of the state for President Jonathan, Ali said: “Nigerians should shine their eyes and vote for Goodluck Jonathan who has what it takes to take the country to the promised land.”
According to Ali, “It has been predicted that the fastest growing economy in the world in 2015 will be China, Qatar and Nigeria and the future of Nigeria is brighter under Goodluck Jonathan.”