Nigeria’s military careful not ​to ​harm civilians – Jonathan

Former president Goodluck Jonathan campaigning. Pic used to illustrate the story.

Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja said 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, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk, President Jonathan said that 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, Mr. 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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  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    The consequence of illiteracy, very poor reasoning and acute lack of understanding is the bane of our Notheen brothers. Unfortunately, till date they are yet to realize the magnitude of harm done to them by their brothers who ruled the country in the past. To them, every bad thing is traced to GEJ, the same folks shouted loudest when the govt took decisive steps to fight boko haram, saying it was a war against the north, the govt was committing genocide against the north and human rights abuses. Today the govt has restrategised and obviously winning the war against terror and people are saying it’s too late. All lovers of terror and the activities of boko haram are free to support Buhari, but well meaning Nigerians, have since decided to support GEJ as we can see now. Marching for PGEJ.

  • Bassey

    I congratulate my able president in advance, Buhari nothing for you. Aso Rock is occupied already. Try again in 2019, but my vote will never go for you, not in this lifetime. GMB you are failure

  • Nelson David

    God bless you, God bless our military, and God bless FRN

  • More power, our soldiers are trying, the insurgency will soon end.

  • Civilians are out of harms way,the armed forces will be careful , first thing’s first safety!.

  • chinwe davis

    Carry on sir, the battle will be over very soon.

  • Emeka215

    Is a good thing we are sure of precautions are taken to safeguard innocent citizens and their properties.

  • Enumah

    The offensive attack by the Nigerian army in North East is not in violation of any human right.

  • Etega

    Prevention better pass cure.

  • geraldine jaja

    The Nigerian military are the best! and i’m sure they’re doing their best!

  • uko bassey

    GEJ is the best! kudos to the Nigerian Army!

  • geraldine jaja

    Boko haram is finished, Buhari is gone!

  • ahmed

    GEJ has done great, I highly commend the Nigerian military for this Great achievement.

  • Uncle Charlie

    i commend the president for his consistent show of care and concern towards the people

  • The military knows the value of the life of its citizens and this is a good thing

  • felicia jones

    They felt he was slow, but he has proven that he is smarter than they can be.

  • kingsley obi

    Sir we all have seen your effort in the fight so far, it is so impressive.

  • Mrs benita akpan

    The strategy the army used to fight the extremist goes to say GEJ is tactical in his approach.

  • faith adams

    The task of handling such issues without causing collateral damage is not an easy one, GEJ and the forces should be commended.