Jonathan says Gwoza to be liberated Friday

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that Gwoza in Borno, the last town under Boko Haram terrorists, would be liberated by Friday.

Mr. Jonathan, who gave this assurance when he received four International Election Monitoring Groups on Wednesday, said already the Nigeria soldiers had successfully liberated Adamawa and Yobe from the menace of insurgency.

He said that the liberation of the areas held by the Boko Haram terrorist would pave way for the successful conduct of general elections in all states of the federation.

According to him, the military command has also assured him that Gwoza will not only be recaptured, but Sambisa forest in Borno will be Boko Haram-free in the next weeks.

President Jonathan said already soldiers had intensified efforts to drive away the terrorists from the forest.

“But we cleaned up Adamawa completely, we cleaned up Yobe completely and even Borno state, before the election, election is two days away.

“But, before the elections you will see that only one little area, the Sambisa forest in Borno state only will be in the hands of Boko Haram because we believe by tomorrow latest Friday, we will be able to take over Gwoza.

“If we take over Gwoza it will not take us more than one week to clean up the whole remaining part.

“For now they are not in the position to come out and disrupt elections.

“We are very hopeful that when we conduct elections on March 28, elections will be conducted across the country.’’

The president reassured that the coming elections would not generate the type of violence that followed the 2011 elections.

He said, “first and foremost let me reassure the international community and indeed Nigerians that elections will be conducted as rescheduled by INEC. On Saturday we will have the presidential elections and National Assembly elections and then the April 11 of next month we will have the governorship and state assembly’s elections.

He, therefore, pledged to ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections under peaceful atmosphere.

In their remarks, the international observers stressed the need for free, fair and peaceful conduct of the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The observers were from the African Union Group led by Dr. Amos Sawyer, the Commonwealth Group led by Dr. Bakili Muluzi, the European Union led by Anna Roberts and the Republican Institute.(NAN)


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  • taewo

    All because his personal interest as a presidential candidate is at stake.

  • Maitama Tambari

    A day to election, Gwoza ‘is to be liberated’ said President JONATHAN. What is the value of that statement? Liberation on Friday, Presidential Election on Saturday. How is Gwoza going to exercise their fundamental human rights in electing their next President? WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE COMES 28-03-15. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO, GOD WILLING.

    • Otile

      Insha Allahu, Imam is going to suffer his last staggering defeat on Saturday. I hope he doesn’t suffer catastrophic stroke from the agony of his defeat.

  • Faruk Al-amin

    even with all the ulterior motives, we still love this kind of good news,i hope we get shekau and all his lieutenants

  • Zake

    With all my negative assumptions about Nigerians, as unrefined brutes,
    deceptive kleptomaniacs, fraudulent, con artists, and loud mouth
    hoodwink. I must stand corrected, wile watching Al jazeera and BBC
    America, I was rather impressed with President Good luck’s demeanor, and
    he is soft-spoken, rather rational. None of the antics, high emotion,
    and long face, anger, oafish typically associated with … . Instead he
    is depicted as a come and collected, well spoken, mild-mannered,
    rational English gentlemen. Very impressive indeed!!!

    • Moe

      marry him and take him to your village

      • Zake

        I would marry him, if I could. Unfortunately I am a heterosexual
        man, living in the States.

        Good luck to you.

    • Saydo Shan

      Hahahahahaha. Yr level of exposure is not in doubt.

  • UNAFFECTED

    Here comes Chibok girls.

    • Tonnero

      Just in time for the elections!

  • favourtalk

    All the failed promises of GEJ and yet, we still expect him to come back, God forbid bad thing. We will vote right this time, not with sentiment.

  • Rume Akpo

    1more day to 4 more years

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  • Saydo Shan

    We all witnessed 7 Weeks of wonder in Nigeria from the 7th of February to March 27. What was GEJ doing about Boko Haram all these years. GEJ is really performing Magic, abi?

  • delem2

    1Day to Change Nigeria. 1Day to Vote in the Right Leaders. 1Day to bring the end of Corruption. 1Day to have new Nigera. 1Day to end up poverty. 1Day to Create Millions ways of JOBS. 1Day to End up Educational Problems. 1Day to End up Religious and ethnic bigotry. 1Day to End up any Human Sectionalism. 1Day to Restore Peace and Unity to Nigeria. 1Day to Restore SECURITY and it’s VALUES

  • Du Covenant

    Very little too late!. It is unfortunate that so many of our fellow citizens had to be killed just to stage manage victory over BH. In decent societies such a person will not even contemplate running for reelcetion but, this Nigeria where anything is possible..God is watching and hope he will help us tomorrow Marh 28th.

  • igbiki

    And it was!

    The More you look, the less you see.