No human rights violations in anti-Boko Haram operations — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan and South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-Duk,

President Goodluck Jonathan said Tuesday in Abuja that utmost care was being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-Duk, President Jonathan said everything possible was also being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the theatre of operations in the North Eastern states.

“We are sticking to international best practices in prosecuting the war against terrorism and doing our best to ensure that we don’t have cases of human rights abuses in the North-East.

“We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons.

“Our military has a reputation for discipline and we have insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians in the North-East.

“The purpose of the entire operation is to save our people from the brutal tyranny of Boko Haram, so we cannot tolerate human rights abuses or willfully impose further suffering on them,’’ President Jonathan said.

The President also told Mr. Kyu-Duk that Nigeria’s entire security architecture was being reviewed, restructured and strengthened to ensure greater safety for Nigerians and foreign workers in all parts of the country.

“We are inviting all our friends in the international community, particularly those that are more technologically advanced, to complement our efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country in which our people and foreigners can live in peace and safety,” President Jonathan told the new South Korean Ambassador.

The President urged Mr. Kyu-Duk and his Indonesian counterpart, Harry Purwanto, who was also at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of existing trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their countries.

The new ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving them and assured him that they will do their best to promote stronger economic and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria during their tenure in Abuja.


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  • Frank Bassey

    It is very unfair for one man to sit in the cozy of his office in US and watch Boko Haram inflict harm on innocent Nigerians, yet begin to criticize the President against human rights abuse.

  • Human right ? for people doing inhuman things, well jonathan is not a beast so human rights will be applied though.

  • Tunde philips

    Jonathan has been trying and soon this boko haram issue will be a thing of the past in this nation. God willing.

  • Everything within GEJ’s power will be done to end the insurgency, and foreign bodies shouldn’t worry about human rights violation.

  • Bassey

    Mr. president is a man of peace that’s he is taking his time to make sure that no civilian life is lost in the process.

  • sofia williams

    I always knew GEJ is an addict to democracy and lives the constitution, UP GEJ

  • Divine West

    His actions will tell you who he is, a lover of democracy.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    A man in whom we are pleased. He did as people wanted him to do he could have violate most the international on this insurgency but he took his time to plan and seek for support to enable deal with this Boko Haram. So far, it is working well.

  • kingsley obi

    The international community has confirmed it that every move President Jonathan in the fight against BH made was not abusive to human rights.

  • uduak akpan

    nigeria is safe under PGEJ

  • emmanuel

    PGEJ is true democrat

  • uzo

    this is good news

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    My prayers for our troops are more vigilance, guidance and strength, GEJ all the way

  • Nwaobilor

    Even if there is, they deserve it and more.

  • nwaeke

    Annihilation time. No more peace talks or amnesty.

  • Uncle Charlie

    Humans who behave like animals dont deserve rights

  • Enumah

    Enough is enough for BH

  • Death doesn’t even suffice for this Haram members

  • Emeka215

    Jonathan is keeping his words. More towns are claimed every day by Nigerian army. Kudos