Boko Haram: Jonathan to urge UN to establish intelligence sharing system

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents

Mr. Jonathan made this known in an article he wrote for the Washington Post.


President Goodluck Jonathan said he would, in September, urge the United Nations, UN, Assembly to establish coordinated system for sharing intelligence in solving challenge of terrorism in Nigeria and rest of the world.

Mr. Jonathan made this known in an article he wrote for the Washington Post.

“In September, I will urge the UN General Assembly to establish coordinated system for sharing intelligence and if necessary, special forces and law enforcement organs to confront terrorism wherever it occurs,” he said.

The president explained that this month, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Britain and the United States established an External Intelligence Response Unit to share security information on threats by groups like Boko Haram in West Africa.

“I propose that we build on this step to establish an enduring, worldwide commitment to destroying terrorism and those who finance or give safe haven to the terrorists,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan also explained the challenges involved in the fight against Boko Haram.

“In Nigeria, there are political, religious and ethnic cleavages to overcome if we are to defeat Boko Haram.

“We need greater understanding and outreach between Muslims and Christians.

“We also know that, as it seeks to recruit the gullible, Boko Haram exploits the economic disparities that remain a problem in our country,” he said.


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  • SpecialAdvisor

    So what does the president need Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe for when he can always outsource his PR responsibilities to Levick. This Op-ED isnt very good but at least he is speaking out.

  • uduakomiri

    What is the president doing? We could see Cameroon has mobilised about 3,000 soldiers to secure their border with Nigeria in Northern Cameroon. Already Boko Haram is finding it difficult to operate within the Cameroonian axis. Other neighbouring countries affected by Boko Haram are taking proactive steps and we are starting to see the results.
    But what baffles most Nigerians is our government seems so incompetent, completely lacking in ideas and strategy, even though we are spending 10 times on security compared to neighbouring African countries, yet their militaries are more effective at containing Boko Haram yet all our president does is talk without action.
    The last time we heard he declared all out war on Boko Haram but rather than subduing Boko Haram it all looks one-sided with Boko Haram carrying out more daring attacks but the Nigerian government forces are almost nowhere to be seen every time an attack happen. Boko Haram roams the country unchallenged even to the point the group is starting to expand their areas of operation toward the south.
    This our president should resign so that people who have the brain, spleen and courage to tackle Boko Haram should take over.
    Since Nigeria loves foreign made things, maybe we should consider an expatriate president


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