President Jonathan Vows to Tackle Terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said the country will spare no effort in tackling terrorism, which he described as a global menace.

Mr. Jonathan, who was addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, also sought Nigeria’s election for the 2013-2014 Non-Permanent Seat at the UN Security Council.

While noting that terrorism constituted a major threat to global peace and security and undermines the capacity for sustained development, he admitted that terrorism threat in Nigeria’s North-Eastern zone has challenged the stability of the nation.

“In Nigeria, the threat of terrorism in a few states in the North-Eastern part of our country has proven to be a challenge to national stability,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“We will spare no effort in addressing the menace. We are therefore confronting it with every resource at our disposal with due regard for the fundamental human rights and the rule of law.”

Mr. Jonathan expressed appreciation to the international community for its support in Nigeria’s effort at fighting terrorism, saying that the reign of terror anywhere is an assault on the world’s collective humanity.

He drew attention to a recent terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya and called on member states to stand together in order to win the war.

Mr. Jonathan also spoke against the growing cases of piracy which he said has attained worrisome proportions especially in Africa’s coastal waters.

He said, “At the bilateral and multilateral levels, Nigeria has promoted cooperation to mitigate its impacts and consequences on the security and economies of the affected coastal states.”

Already, he said the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission met in Yaounde, Cameroon where practical steps were collectively taken to confront the menace in the Gulf of Guinea.

He, therefore, appealed for reinforcement and collaborative action from international partners to tackle the problem.

As part of measures to check illicit trade in small and light weapons, Mr. Jonathan said Nigeria has already ratified the Arms Trade Treaty, ATT, which was adopted by the General Assembly in July.

He said Nigeria recognizes the need for a broad-based global partnership in the on-going battle against trans-border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy.

Mr. Jonathan, however, lamented that these crimes were sustained by unfettered access by non-state actors to illicit small arms and light weapons.

He congratulated member states for adopting the new treaty, noting that it would herald an era of accountable trade in conventional arms, critical to the security of nations. “We will continue to engage other Member-States for its successful implementation,” he said.
While canvassing for Nigeria’s election into the 2014-2015 Non-Permanent Seat in the Security Council, Mr. Jonathan called for urgent democratization of the United Nations systems.

He said, “I believe that I express the concern of many about the slow pace of effort and apparent lack of progress in the reform of the United Nations, especially the Security Council.

“We believe strongly, that the call for democratization worldwide should not be for states only, but also, for International organizations such as the UN. That is why we call for the democratization of the Security Council.”

The Nigeria’s President said the democratization of the Security Council would enthrone justice, equity and promote a sense of inclusiveness and balance in the world.

He argued that Nigeria’s support for the UN Security Council, based on its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, has been total and unwavering.

Mr. Jonathan said, “We have, in previous membership of the Council, demonstrated both the political will and capacity to engage in key Council responsibilities. Nigeria has therefore decided to seek election for the 2014-2015 Non-Permanent Seat of the UNSC.

“I am pleased to state that Nigeria has received the endorsement of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union. We urge this august Assembly to endorse Nigeria’s candidature.”

Mr. Jonathan said Nigeria is committed to the implementation of the UN’s Post 2015 Development Agenda, saying the programme was key in Africa which faces the challenges of poverty, illiteracy, food insecurity and climate change.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have since realised that a wrong speech was used in writing this report. The speech used was actually delivered by the President in 2013. We regret this mix-up at our end. 


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  • Wähala

    I watched a CNN program about the world forming a coalition of nations to fight terrorism in Syria, Iraq, Yamen, Sudan, CAR and even Mali… No mention of Boko Haram and Nigeria because the world knows it’s “local brew” by this same Dr. Dumbo mouthing-off about national security. The only threat to Nigeria’s unity is Dumbo’s unbridled ambition and his vicious pursuit of it at very high cost in human lives and massive destruction of property… things he swore an oath to protect. Talking jati-jati about ECOWAS and irrelevant things like the sea piracy his Niger Delta “wetbacks” are engaged in is for him to call his house to order and stop oil bunkering… which he wants to legalize instead of abolish. Abegi, another story ojare… Dumbo’s bad news!

    • Hope Blessed

      U little devil are u tired of stupidity and foolishness, y are u always anuous in ur thinking, sorry I said y do u always think from ur anus.

      • redeem

        ] Completion of the Access Road to Kaduna Refinery in Kaduna State.
        18] Completion of the Construction/Rehabilitation of Gbogan-Iwo road in Oyo State.
        19] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Owerri-Aba Road in Imo and Abia States.
        20] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Katsina-Daura road in Katsina State.
        21] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Ijebu Igbo-Ajegunle-Araromi-Ife-Sekona Road (Section II), in Ogun State.
        22] Emergency reinstatement of collapsed section of Gombe-Potiskum Road, (at Km 12) in Gombe State.
        23] Rehabilitation of road Spur from Onitsha-Owerri road to Okija-Ihembosi-Afor Ukpor-Ebenator-Ezenifite in Anambra State.
        24] Construction of 15km Interstate road from Aiyegunle-Akoko Edo in Ondo and Edo States.
        25] Completion of the Rehabilitation of access roads to Warri Refinery in Delta State.
        26] Completion of the Dualization of Access Road to Onne Port in Rivers State.
        27] Construction of Gombe-Bypass in Gombe State.
        28] Rehabilitation of Odo Oba-Takie-Gambari-Otte-Oyo State border along Ibadan-Oyo Ogbomosho-Ilorin road in Oyo State.
        29] Emergency Reinstatement of collapsed section of Wukari-Mutum Biyu road in Taraba State.
        30] Reinstatement of Washouts at KM6+750, KM30+400 and KM35+325 along Onitsha-Enugu dual carriageway in Anambra and Enugu States.
        31] Emergency reinstatement of Washout/Gully erosion at KM127+000 at Auchi along Okene-Benin road and Km14+000 along Auchi-Agenebode road in Edo State.
        32] Construction of Langtang-Lalin-Tunkus-Shendam Road in Plateau State.
        33] Rehabilitation of old Oyo-Ogbomoso road in Oyo State
        34] Rehabilitation of Omuo-Ifaki road in Ekiti State.
        35] Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Lafenwa Bridge in Abeokuta in Ogun State.
        36] Rehabilitation of Gombe-Numan-Yola road section II: Numan-Gombe in Adamawa and Gombe States.
        37] Rehabilitation of Otta–Owode road in Ogun State.
        38. Rehabilitation of Mararaba-Pambeguwa-Saminaka-Jos road section I (Mararaba-Panbeguwa) in Kaduna State.
        39] Rehabilitation of Anka-Daki Takwas-Gummi road in Zamfara State. Reconstruction and Pavement Strengthening of Ikom-Mfum Road in Cross River State
        40] Reconstruction of Abakaliki-Mbok (Ogoja Junction) in Ebonyi and Cross River States.
        41] Rehabilitation of Okija-Uli-Oguta Road in Imo State
        42] Asphalt Overlay of 2km Access Road to the Federal Science & Technical College in Edo Staet
        43] Rehabilitation of Hadejia-Nguru Road, Phase I (Hadejia-Kirikasama Section) in Jigawa State
        44] Rehabilitation of Benin-Ofosu Highway in Edo State
        45] Construction of 2 No. Bridges alogn Auchi Polytechnic-Ekperi-Agenebode Road in Edo State
        46] Rehabilitation of Access Road to Ejigbo NNPC Depot in Lagos State
        47] Rehabilitation of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway (Section I) in Lagos State
        48] Rehabilitation of Ipele-Ishua Road in Ondo State

        • redeem

          I n less than four years———————————let APC show us the roads them erect at the cost of 1b per kilometer

      • Wähala

        The only ahnus I’m tired of is your mother’s hairy asshole…

    • redeem

      Irrespective of challenges experienced by the administration in the past 4 years, today we pride to announce the completion of 62 Road projects across the Country. The Projects includes:-
      1] Oturkpo-Oweto Road (Section I) in Benue State
      2] Otukpa-Ayangba-Ajaokuta-Okene Road in Kogi State
      3] Ningi-Yadagumgume-Fuskar Mata Road (Phase II) in Bauchi State
      4] Yana-Shira-Azare Road in Bauchi State
      5] Wukari-Takum Road in Taraba State
      6] Benin-Ofosu Expressway in Edo States
      7] Enugu-Abakaliki Road in Enugu/Ebonyi States
      8] Ogoja Junction-Ikom Road in Cross River State
      9] Ado-Ilumoba-Agbado-Ikare Road in Ekiti State
      10] Completion of the Dualization of Ibadan-Ilorin road section I (Ibadan – Oyo) in Oyo State.
      11] Completion of the Reconstruction of Vom-Manchok road in Plateau State.
      12] Completion of the Repairs of 3rd Mainland Bridge (Phase II), covering additional works for the replacement of 8Nos. Expansion Joints in Lagos State.
      13] Completion of the Dualization of Onitsha-Owerri Road (Section I) and Onitsha Eastern Bypass, in Anambra State.
      14] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Uba-Mbalala road in Borno State.
      15] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road (Section II: Gusau-Talata Mafara) in Zamfara and Sokoto States.
      16] Completion of the Rehabilitation of Obiozora-Uburu-Ishiagu Road in Enugu and Ebonyi States.

      • redeem

        @WAHALA TELL US ABOUT THE ONES OBJ COMPLETED IN THE SS———–THE EAST WEST ROAD PROJECT WAS STARTED BY SPIFF AND LATE CHIEF DAPPA BIRIYE————————–AND BEYOND THE EAST WEST ROAD——–WHICH ONE HAS JONATHAN COMPLETED IN BAYELSA STATE FOR HIS PEOPLE——HE HAS IGNORED THE NEEDS OF HIS PEOPLE TO SATISFY THE SELFISH DESIRES OF THE TRIPOD–YET U COMPLAIN ABI-

        • Wähala

          OBJ has achieved more than Dumbo can achieve even if given eternity… drunkard!
          Go for your prosaic, the nut is loose again today. Aschloch, immer wieder des selbe spinerei… chump!

      • Wähala

        Dumbo is curse to humanity… just like you’re a curse to internet. Aborigines!

  • Umar Dendi

    For the Sake of God. Please, Please Please Mr President. Tell the world that our soldiers are running off to Cameroon, committing mutinies and going AWOL. Please Please Please invite the UN to send an international peace keeping force that can flush Boko Haram back to were ever they are coming from.

  • Comfortkay

    Nigerian has no Electricity to capture the President message at the United Nations at home, was messages not meant for Nigerian at home? Is there anyone that would believe that President’s speech? Boko Haram insurgency has portrayed Nigeria to the world to be unsafe destination for tourists and business people and investors.
    Couple of mouths ago the Presidency, PDP leadership and Nigeria Military Chiefs celebrate a Nigerian made Drones and why are they not using it against the Boko Haram terrorist.

    • Wähala

      The “drone” was a prototype…
      Every other thing you said is on the money!

      • Comfortkay

        Please let them put it into use or they are afraid that it will be lost?

    • redeem

      how old is nigeria and when was oil discovered in 9ja–how many heads of state have u had—————–9–so far–what have they been doing drinking kunu in dubai abi————–

      • Comfortkay

        Redeem you are the last person that should make comment about my writes up if you want God to redeem you.

  • redeem

    sack dasuki now–he is useless as the NSA–ati gusau-

  • redeem

    9] Periodic maintenance of Jebba-Lafiaji Road in Niger State.
    50] Periodic maintenance of Takai-Albasu-Gaya Road in Kano State.
    51] Periodic maintenance of Nafada-Gombe Abba Road in Gombe State.
    52] Periodic maintenance of Hong-Mubi Road in Adamawa State.
    53] Periodic maintenance of Okpala-Igwurita Road in Imo State.
    54] Periodic maintenance of Ado-Ilumoba-Agbado-Ikare Road Section A in Ekiti State.
    55] Periodic maintenance of Dingaya-Galambi-Rungo Road in Sokoto State.
    56] Periodic maintenance of Rumukurshi-Chokocho Road in Cross River State.
    57] Periodic maintenance of Akure-Owo Road in Ondo State.
    58] Periodic maintenance of Ado-Ilumoba-Agbado-Ikare Road Section B in Ekiti State.
    59] Periodic maintenance of Kurfi-Chiranchi Road in Katsina State.
    60] Periodic maintenance of Lafiagi-Mokwa Road in Niger State.
    61] Periodic maintenance of East-West-Odi Road in Bayelsa State.
    62] Periodic maintenance of Lafia-Doma Road in Nasarawa state.

    God Help us, the objective of ensuring that our roads will Never again, be seen as Death Traps will be a thing of the past. Over 128 other roads are nearing completion. The development will ensure that the traveling time of Nigerians across the states have reduced massively and those going home for annual celebrations will Never again stay 2 days on a 7 hours journey.
    THIS IS THE FRESH AIR THAT I PROMISED.

    • Umar Dendi

      Do you see the pattern here?
      Periodic this, Periodic that, LOL, next they’ll claim they MAINTAINED THE PERIODIC TABLE!

  • Umar Dendi

    Stop stealing some one else’s legacy. we’all Know most of these Proj were done by OBJ and Yar’adua!

  • Chris1408

    He’s probably talking to himself, nobody listens to a drunk clown.

    • Tunsj

      Well said. Drunk clown indeed that lacks leadership. We are still waiting to know where is the $20 billion missing.

  • the truth

    mr president continue with the transformation. they hate you just because you are not from the born to rule class. they have ruled nigeria for 40 out of the 54 years we have been independent. they abused you for boko haram, now you are winning they say its for politics. a hallmark of a successful man is people would always talk. goodluck jonathan the pride of nigeria

    • Ervine Okuboh

      Yes agreed to a point. None of the other Nigerian presidents were better. That is a fact !!

    • Umar Dendi

      Its 30-some odd years, for your info
      and out of those years
      1- have ever witnessed a Nigerian soldier Running away to Cameroon at the face of some cloth less bandits?
      2- Have you ever witnessed BH, mass bombings, near anarchy.
      3- Have you ever witnessed some some tom dick or Adaka declaring War on Nigeria and going off scot-free and even getting amnesties?
      4-Have ever witnessed the Nig Govt contracting Terrorists, criminals, kidnappers, bandits secessionist and traitors to maintain pipelines

      Have you ever witnessed such ridicule on an international scale.
      It took twitter with #bringback_____ to rattle that famous villa!
      Have ever witnessed UMblella, Chai!!, DeresGOd or AmericaWillKnow???????

  • Rommel

    Gowon built Lagos while Abacha built Abuja,what have all other Nigerian leaders been doing with the oil money?

  • BADE

    Nice one Olalekan the truth is always bitter. I hope my Igbo friends will understand

  • All Trust

    Nonesense. so u are ur party have won; why trying to drag Igbos along!!!

  • Tanaka Tanaka

    This is crap . Each time the Yorubas were in opposition , they were fairly represented in government. Are you saying that Obasanjo did not favouur the Yorubas ? Has the Yorubas ever gotten zero appointment in any administration ? Please try to be truthful to yourself

  • nna_nwagwu

    The status of the Global economy demands caution in human demands & dreams . If anyone listen to demands & Governments response through all nations , the common responses from governments all over the entire planet have caution , prudence & economic wisdom . I heard of Mutclair of Canada’s NDP asked Harper , the outgoing Canada PM , what he ( Harper) did when the price of petroleum was over $100 per barrel than now promising heavens to the Canadian citizens . This is as well my question to Nigerian citizens . If Nigeria government under Jonathan did nothing but went into war with a significant member of the country’s ethnic half at the expense of our development program . Where ‘s the money to go on with many of the essential development programmes , I ask . No nation I know of having twin projects , war & national development objectives jointly can succeed without trading off one for the other . This is why I insist we trade off Jonathan war to divert our entire recourse to develop this nation .

  • Bayo Ola

    Nice one Lekan. Very objective article. Good job.

  • Derrick Maha

    Why does Biafra give u guys the jeepers? Crap write-up. Ojuelegba journalism

  • okoro

    mr writer you are wrong when you say itsnt pleasing to igbos that kachikwu was appointed nnpc md, kachikwu is an igboman in every sense of it. the aguement is that no one from southeast has been appointed so far. or is that too difficult to understand.

  • okoro

    THE MOUTH OF THIS WRITER NEEDS SANITARY PAD

  • okoro

    PEOPLE FROM YOUR KINDRED ARE NEVER TIRED OF BEING SLAVES OTHERWISE YOUR GRAND PARENTS WOULD HAVE STARTED LIBERATING ILORIN FROM YOUR MASTERS HAUSA /FULANI. THE LAST THING THAT WILL HAPPEN IS FOR AN IGBOMAN TO BE A SLAVE TO AN HAUSA FULANI MAN.

    IN CASE YOU DONT KNOW THERE IS NO PART OF AFRICA WHERE ISLAMIC JIHAHD DIDNT REACH BUT IN MY TOWN THERE IS NO SINGLE MUSLEM. NOT THAT WE ENSTRANGED THOSE WHO MAY HAVE ACCEPTED ISLAM IN THOSE DAYS BUT BCOS OUR CULTURE AND IDEOLOGY AND ISLAM ARE LIKE WATER AND OIL; THEY CAN NEVER MIX