Friday, June 27, 2014

“My Heart Aches”, Jonathan Pens Article on Missing Chibok Girls

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Has the Nigerian government reduced its effort to find the missing school girls abducted in the Chibok area of Borno in April?
According to the commander-in-chief, absolutely not.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wrote an article for the Washington Post about the Federal Government’s effort to find the girls abducted by Boko Haram.
GEJ who confesses he has remained quiet about efforts by the Nigerian military, police and investigators says, “I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.
My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice. On my orders, our forces have aggressively sought these killers in the forests of northern Borno state, where they are based. They are fully committed to defending the integrity of their country.”
Also a parent, he says “My heart aches for the missing children and their families…I know how awfully this must hurt.”
He sheds light on thousands of people who have been killed and affected by the Islamist terrorist group since 2010, and that the FG will press on, “We will not succumb to the will of terrorists.”
In September, GEJ plans to urge the United Nations General Assembly to establish an External Intelligence Response Unit to help share security information on threats in West Africa, and if needed special forces and law enforcement to confront terrorism whenever it occurs.
He also calls for unity between Christians and Muslims as well as understanding.
President Jonathan finishes optimistically saying, “Something positive can come out of the situation in Nigeria: most important, the return of the Chibok girls,  but also new international cooperation to deny havens to terrorists and destroy their organizations wherever they are — whether in the forests of Nigeria, on the streets of New York or sanctuaries in Iraq or Pakistan. Those who value humanity , civilization and the innocence of children can do no less.”

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