Jonathan condemns killing of Emir of Gwoza

Emir of Gwoza

President Jonathan calls on Nigerians to forge a common position against terrorism.

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the assassination of the Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, on Friday by Boko Haram militants.

A spokesperson for the president, Reuben Abati, said Mr. Jonathan believes that the brazen attack reinforces the need for all Nigerians to come together with urgency to quickly end murderous attacks by terrorists.

“The president got the news and he was sad about it because what it means is that, these terrorists, who are threatening peace and stability in Nigeria, are desperate and they continue to show that desperation,” Mr. Abati said in an interview with state house correspondents.

“The president made it clear in his democracy day broadcast that was his main message to Nigerians, that at the end of the day, it is the people of Nigeria that will prevail.

“No matter how desperate terrorists may be, that his government is determined to rid the country of terrorism.

“The whole of the West African sub-region, Africa and the entire world showed that this is the battle that the whole world is prepared to fight.

“So, the days of peace as the president said in his speech are assured because this battle will not end until it is won and the sustainable development is fully guaranteed.”

He said the president had also spoken about those who were willing to renounce terrorism and those who were willing to embrace peace.

According to him, opportunities have been created for them through the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolutions of Conflict in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

In the broadcast, the president had directed the security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists in the country.

The president had said: “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-radicalisation, rehabilitation and re-integration into the broader society,” he said. (NAN)


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  • Bamidele

    So president Jonathan has begun using his head to figure out issues by himself? This is a president who engrossed himself with the thought of it-is-the-work-of-the opposition,as tragedy upon tragedy daily befall helpless and innocent Nigerian people.

    • Daniel

      Is that the best way to respond to this issue? Let us rather say those who indirectly supported Boko Haram for political gains have lost control of it.

      Were you in this country when Buhari said Jonathan was killing Northern youths, while amnesty was granted the Niger Delta militants? I guess you were also in the country when the Northern Elders threatened to take Gen. Ihejirika to the Hague for some phantom genocide in the North.It is such statements that sabotaged the war against Boko Haram.

      I think Northern leaders must wake up to the reality that, rather than fighting for 2015, they should give Jonathan the political support to root out Boko Haram. I guess you aware that the army has Boko Haram sympathisers, otherwise how can one explain the shipping out of over 200 girls out of a community?

      The solution to Boko Haram lies in the North.

    • Ibiso

      Join the army and fight Boko Haram. Its your obligation. Boko Haram members are men like you.

  • Alex

    …a vote for this man was a waste, walahi!

  • sunkani

    “The president got the news and he was sad about it because what it means is that, these terrories, who are threatening peace and stability in Nigeria are ‘winning the war’ ”

    “The president made it clear ….. that at the end of the day the people on Nigeria will prevail” – Mssss! The pains and sorrow increase as the hope for respite from this monster vanishes any time this clueless, inept, and irresponsible man issues a statement. Tell us how can the late emir ir his widiws prevail after his life was untimely taken as a result of your indifference and incimpetency. I think all those word are better not said.

  • Shola

    so sad

  • Ibiso

    Was this not the same Emir that was displaced who visited the same president after his rescue ? Now how did het get to Gwoza again to be killed ?