Jonathan condemns attacks on churches near Chibok

President Goodluck Jonathan

“The President assures all Nigerians once again that the Federal Government and national security agencies will continue to intensify ongoing efforts to end Boko Haram”.

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday condemned the attack on churches in villages near Chibok, Borno State.

This was made known in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

Mr. Abati said the President was shocked at the news of Sunday’s attack on churches in villages near Chibok, Borno State.

He said President Jonathan disapproved of what he described as the “renewed targeting by Boko Haram of adherents of a particular religion and urges all lovers of peace and unity to wholly condemn the resurgence of efforts by agents of global terrorism to disunite and destabilize Nigeria by callously instigating violence among religious groups in the country.

The presidential aide said like many Islamic scholars, President Jonathan believes that no true Muslim will kill innocent people, especially in the month of Ramadan to redress any perceived grievance.

“The President believes, therefore, that Sunday’s attacks on churches and other similar atrocities by Boko Haram are conclusive proof, if any is still needed, that its leaders and members are thoroughly misguided persons who are only using religion as a cover for their reprehensible crimes against their countrymen and women.”

Mr. urged all Nigerians “to resist this new attempt to undermine the nation’s firm and collective resolve to unite in full support of its armed forces and security agencies against the vicious perpetrators of brutal attacks on innocent citizens.

“The President assures all Nigerians once again that the Federal Government and national security agencies will continue to intensify ongoing efforts to end Boko Haram’s senseless attacks until the terrorists are routed and totally defeated.

“He commiserates with the families and churches that lost loved ones, members and places of worship during Sunday’s attacks,” Mr. Abati said.

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