President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies will sustain and intensify ongoing operations against insurgents in the country’s North-eastern states to achieve significantly improved security there ahead of the 2015 general elections.
This was disclosed in a statement by Mr. Jonathan’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati.
Speaking at an audience with the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Uriel Palti, Mr. Jonathan said that Nigeria will also continue to work with neighbouring countries for the effective implementation of the regional security arrangements which were recently concluded to enhance multilateral cooperation against extremism, terrorism, insurgency and other cross-border crimes.
The president told the Israeli Ambassador that the Federal Government was actively and progressively enhancing the ability of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists and insurgents.
Mr. Jonathan added that the positive effects of steps taken by his administration in this regard will become increasingly apparent very soon.
The Israeli ambassador conveyed the condolences of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to President Jonathan and the people of Nigeria on the loss of lives in recent terrorist attacks.
He thanked Mr. Jonathan for his recent visits to Israel.