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.

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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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