Jonathan promises to reward soldiers fighting Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Mubi, Adamawa State and Baga, Borno State applauded Nigerian troops for proving their mettle once again through the rapid recapture of territories formerly held by insurgents in the country’s North-Eastern states.

He assured the soldiers that they wouldl be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.

Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns, which were recently recaptured from Boko Haram, President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The military’s recent victories against Boko Haram, President Jonathan told the troops, have also proven conclusively that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong.

Mr. Jonathan, who was accompanied on the trip by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and all the Service Chiefs, assured the troops that the Federal Government would ensure they received all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.

The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining to their welfare will be properly and expeditiously addressed.

Families of soldiers who had sadly lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram would also be well provided for, the President further assured the troops.

The soldiers responded to the President’s address with chants of “Never Again” and assured him that insurgents and terrorists will never again be allowed to take and hold any Nigerian territory.

While in Mubi, President Jonathan, accompanied by the Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari and the Minister of Youth Development, Bonnie Haruna, paid a courtesy call on the Emir, Isa Ahmadu.

He assured the Emir that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure that normalcy was speedily returned to Mubi and other towns and settlements recently recaptured from Boko Haram to enable displaced persons return to their homes in the shortest possible time.

President Jonathan also undertook an aerial inspection of other towns and areas recently recaptured from Boko Haram including Monguno.

Before returning to Abuja, the President met and conferred with the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    This man is a sad joke Satan pulled on Nigerians in 2011.

    Since when have we seen Obama, who commands what is arguably the best military machine in the world today, put on military camouflages or fatigues?

    He is deluded by thinking the uniform maketh the man.

    He is only CinC by title only and neither by mien or deeds!!!

    • Sword of Damocles

      wetin man go add, how about WORD, bro!!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Thanks, bruv.

        I agree with you.

    • Mosaku 147

      God will never leave you.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Amen, bruv.

    • sawston

      Jonathan believes in “settlement syndrome”. When will he visit Chibok?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Walahi, Sawston.

        You read my mind.

        You be winchi?


    • Tunsj

      He is not Commander In Chief of the military, but Commander In Chief of CORRUPTION. A psychopath in military uniform.

  • KG

    GEJ will reward them with membership of PDP and a ministerial post. Dumbo Jumbo

  • Simeon

    Less than 30 days to a postponed elections, our commander in thief now want to visit Baga. What a clown. What a useless human being. In the meantime, the Chibok girls are still missing because of a useless government whose only reason for existence is to steal and steal and loot and loot and loot the more until there is nothing left to steal.

    • Awarawa

      Simeon, that’s a very childish thing to say on a forum like this. How can you call your president names? When Buhari is called names, the same you would be foaming at the mouth to defend without fact.

      • taewo

        @Awarawa, you mean Dr. Jonothing Gridluck?

      • Jujubeans

        How can he call his president names? Easy, Check this out. GEJ is first and foremost a Coward, a thief, a liar, an alcoholic aka a drunkard, a fraud, a cheat, a lazy man… Shall I go on?

        • Uncle Charlie

          By all means keep at it since you must. Comparing the GEJ regime to that of GMB, the difference is crystal clear. Cowardice is best described in Buhari who overthrew somebody and couldnt keep himself in power, Theft and lies still describes the lanky frail figure whose results were falsified, a man who claims to want to lead a country and yet confidently lied under oath infront of an electoral jury. A fake muslim who was bought drinks worth millions by another governor. As for theft, his records in office paint a clear picture of how fraudulent and shamelessly corrupt he is. How do people this vile manage to sleep at night knowing all the atrocities they commit? Question for the gods I guess

      • Gaskiya

        Jonathan is everythin evil. Learn to live with it.

    • AMARA.C

      are you sure you are a nigerian so many alliens mostly from niger,cameroun and chad are given nigeria sleepless night through formation of boko haram ,i can see you are very angry for jonathan success against your brothers so far, nigeria is a fake nation,until jonathan finished modern standard national id we will know who are really nigerians

  • KG

    He is trying to feel the part, because come March 28 he knows he will have a real fight on his hand not just by APC but also the populace.

  • Simeon

    Jonathan reason for living is to steal and steal and loot and loot until there is nothing left to loot. The clown should go home and leave us hard working Nigerians alone to rebuild our lives after his disastrous six years in office.. Yeye man.

    • What was the state of your presently shrunken life when ObJ was president? I bet you would have been a sorry sight

  • shamsudeen sadiq


  • Moe

    We don’t have enough corruption in the Army so Jonathan please take the bull by the horn. Corrupt the military at the highest level so that it becomes official.
    Who are the people advising this man?
    There’s something called combat pay that soldiers automatically get when they are deployed to a war zone.
    There are also medals awarded to soldiers that have distinguished themselves one way or another.
    What is this reward that this man is talking about?

    • Thomas Ayan

      We are aware that this GEJ is an Ignoramus by his statement

      • Moe

        I have on several occasions, pressed the point that even a monkey can be the President of the United States (POTUS), just as long as it surrounds itself with reasonable individuals that hold the progress of the union above their own personal goals.
        Jonathan is not a monkey so I am of the opinion that he is capable of running Nigeria towards progress but……………somewhere along the way, he kicked stone!

        Currently, Jonathan does not even appear to have a direction, let alone a goal. Even worse, he surrounds himself with most horrible people you can think of….people whose only job is to continue reinforcing the thought in his head that the Almighty God is behind him as long as they continue getting paid.

        I will pray for him

    • Awarawa

      The janjaweeds are feeling the heat seriously. Continue to foam at the mouth. GEJ is your president for the next 4yrs. Buhari that wanted BH to be treated as kings is now deceiving himself and other janjaweeds yesterday that there’s no amnesty for BH. Yes! That’s what GEJ has been telling them since. Only hell awaits them.

      • Gaskiya

        Jonathan is finished.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    A couple of those soldiers look as if they’d like to slap Jonathan upside the head.

    • Brandon Landry

      lol i thought i was the only person that noticed that

      • Omotolaaraujo

        I don’t thing regular soldiers can stand him at all. He’s wearing a uniform and never served. What they’ve been subjected to is insulting.

  • jonathan

    Jonathan, you can start by paying them their salaries on time

  • Gotlieb Adebayo

    The President obviously looks nice when he wears the uniform,i am very happy they are motivating the soldier,i just hope the do send intelligence experts into capture town’s and also figure out a way to stop the movement of arms into uncaptured zone.To the men of the Nigeria Army and Nigeria Airforce i salute your courage,i must say i am jealous,i wish i was in the field with you enjoying this beautiful war,serving my fatherland with full dedication,as you go to recapture other towns,i pray the good Lord be with you all.

  • Moe

    It is highly improbable that Jonathan gets re-elected in a free and fair
    exercise, but speculatively, if he wins the election (by Rigging), he will not be president.

    He has committed too many impeachable offenses to reasonably expect him to stay in office longer than it takes to bring his case to court, There is no more immunity afforded to sitting members of the Government.

    President Jonathan will get prosecuted. I understand he refused to declare his assets. Don’t worry, we know all the jobs he has held and we know how much he earned from year to year, job to job..

    There is only one way he cam escape prosecution, return all you have illegally commandeered from the coffers of the nation, name your accomplices, and explain each step in the process of your theft!
    While this may buy Jonathan some ‘good faith’ from the judiciary, do not forget it is Buhari he is dealing with now!

    This is why Jonathan believes by hook or crook, he has to get re-elected. He has not been told that any citizen of the Nation can file a case against him and they just need an umbrella institute to move the case from ‘personal’ to systemic wrongs

  • its not easy to battle an enemy equipped as these boko haram boys are, more power the your elbow and i appretiate the military’s effort in this battle.

  • Even world powers have had terrorist issues, it wasn’t that easy, our soldiers are trying and jonathan will see to it that they are properly rewarded.

  • Emeka215

    May God see our troops through.

  • Enumah

    Even a workman is deserving of a befitting reward. I see welldone to our troop and RIP to our fallen heroes. Mr President keep up the good work.

  • nwaeke

    National Awards await you all.

  • Nwaobilor

    With the way things are panning out BH will be pushed to their extinct soon enough.

  • nafisat

    May Allah give them strength to clean boko haram off the face of the earth!

    • Gaskiya

      May your family suffer the same fate as people on the northeast and we shall see if Jonathan will come to your aid. He will happily watch the death and destructions of your family similar all those Boko Haram victims including Chibok girls….

  • uzo

    they deserve it

  • emmanuel

    such incentive is what they need

  • uduak akpan

    GEJ keep boosting their moral

  • Dominic Price

    GEJ is planning to use the ARMY in earth-east to rig election inside Military camps not in public

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu


    • Gaskiya

      You are an e rat.

  • Divine West

    I wonder why any well meaning Nigerian should want any one other than GEJ to rule Nigerians, GEJ has all it takes including a large heart which is most importantly for someone who should rule Nigeria and never GMB.

    • Gaskiya

      May your family suffer the same fate as people on the northeast and we shall see if Jonathan will come to your aid. He will happily watch the death and destructions of your family similar all those Boko Haram victims including Chibok girls.

      • Divine West

        And i pray too for you and your family.

  • Nelson David

    I know mr. president will keep his word. PGEJ is the man that Nigeria needs.

  • Audu

    Good move. Nothing is too much to give to those laying their lives for others to live…

  • bonifacejoe

    Having provided the armed forces with tools and equipment needed, President Jonathan have now “crossed his fingers on the trigger of Black Africa’s most powerful military machine.”Go On With One Nigeria.

    • Gaskiya

      May your family suffer the same fate as people on the northeast and we shall see if Jonathan will come to your aid. He will happily watch the death and destructions of your family similar all those Boko Haram victims including Chibok girls…

  • Ade…

    Yes, the reward will motivate the soldiers to do more.

  • Truth is Bitter

    Please, in rewarding the living, let us not also forget the died at the course of fighting for the country…

  • uko bassey

    GEJ always keeps his promise,The soldiers deserve it!#GEJ is the best

    • Gaskiya

      May your family suffer the same fate as people on the northeast and we shall see if Jonathan will come to your aid. He will happily watch the death and destructions of your family similar all those Boko Haram victims including Chibok girls..

      • uko bassey

        Buhari ordered the killing of Nigerians during his regime. What GEJ has continually done is to protect Nigerians and preserve their interest. The people of borno are sold out to insurgency by the APC, Buhari and Shettimah or is Borno not an APC state? Bornu state’s Governor is shettimah,what has shettimah done to protect the people of Borno, Buhari was a Governor of this region once, What has he done to protect the region from Boko haram? If you dont answer these questions your death will never be peaceful.and whether you like it or not APC is responsible for Boko haram and you know it so aiding them makes you one your self. you and your sect will never know peace.

  • areafather

    What about the dead. please, let us also do something for the lost souls, atleast for their widows and children. God bless Nigeria.

    • geraldine jaja

      GEJ is a loving father i know he will not let these ones hunger

      • Gaskiya

        May your family suffer the same fate as people on the northeast and we shall see if Jonathan will come to your aid. He will happily watch the death and destructions of your family similar all those Boko Haram victims including Chibok girls.

  • Gaskiya

    Ikechukwu Orji
    There is absolutely nothing Christ-like in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

    Muhammadu Buhari with a Catholic Bishop during a recent meeting with catholics in Abuja
    It was Mahatma Gandhi who said he admired Christ not Christians. I guess he said this to remind people that most Christians are definitely not Christ-like. One cannot claim to be a Christian when his attitude is opposite of the principle that we are called to live by. There is no middle ground in this race. It is either you are living like Christ or you are a pretender. People like pretending to be what they are not. It is for this reason that one writer defined hypocrisy as a tribute that vice pays to virtue.

    There is absolutely nothing Christ-like in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. His policies are harsh towards the common man. He has done absolutely nothing for the poor of the land. Rather, he has done a lot to favour the rich and eminent personalities. Any true Christian knows that God loves the poor and is earnestly seeking to do them good. He is seriously looking for those to use to render service to the poor. It can only take a wicked man to increase the prices of petroleum products on a New Year day thereby causing immense hardship to numerous poverty stricken citizens. Any government that is anti poor is anti God.

    Jonathan has refused to go after those who are squandering our patrimony. Corruption is rampant and he is pretending that all is well. You cannot be a follower of Christ and allow evil to run rampant around you. How long can we continue this dance of death? How long are we going to allow these men from the forest of thousand demons to continue to desecrate our land? It is about time we chased them away. We need discipline and decorum in governance. And that is what Muhammadu Buhari is about.

    Buhari is everything that Jonathan is not. He is disciplined, painstaking and has a visceral dislike for corruption. He has promised to confront corruption and he is just about the only politician that has the credential to do that. He has done it before and he will do it again. The man cares passionately for the poor of the land and wants to do his bit to help them. Buhari is not a drunk and he is not in the business of running around with other people’s wives. As a Head of State, 11 out of 19 Ministers appointed by him were Christians.

    Buhari showed leadership when a dangerous Islamic sect known as Maitatsine threatened our peace. He refused to register Nigeria as a member of the Organization of Islamic Countries and banned government sponsorship of pilgrimages to Mecca. It is a well- known fact that his personal aides and domestic workers are mostly Christians and under him no one was victimized on the basis of religion. It is on record that Jonathan is the first President to lead Nigerian delegation to the Organization of Islamic Countries in February 2013. He has spent an average of $14 billion on 26, 000 Haji pilgrims annually from 2010. From all ramifications, Buhari has more Christian qualities than Jonathan.

    Buhari’s government will focus on building a society that would begin to move the powers of a smothering federal government back to states and local government. Government will be closer to the people and better aware of their real needs and wants. APC as party is open and beckoning to a majority of Nigerians not because we are handing out goodies to people but because we have a better proposal for them and their families.

    As a transformational leader, Buhari is sure of what he wants happen and is extraordinarily strong-willed about it. He has one thing in mind instead of a variety of passing impulses. He wants a society full of opportunities. In short, the key to a successful transformational leader is to keep your eyes focused on your goals. And the people’s general has a knack for ignoring unproductive criticism and feels neither threatened nor moved by it. He is not one of such politicians that display so much pettiness and hostility that is simply not productive. Surely, Nigeria will be better under him.

    Ikechukwu Orji