Media creating false impression about insurgency – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan visiting scene of Nyanya bomb attack

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in London said that the media was blowing the security situation in the north eastern part of the country out of proportion.

This is contained in a statement issued by Reuben Abati, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Mr. Jonathan said this at the opening of the meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC).

He said that the impression being created by sections of the media that the situation was worsening was not true.

The president told the international community that the Federal Government was working very hard to curtail the ability of Boko Haram to capture and hold any Nigerian territory.

He said the Armed Forces and security agencies were making steady gains in recovering areas recently taken by the sect.

“We are improving on security. For about a week now there have been no reports of Boko Haram seizing more territory. Rather, we are steadily pushing them back.

“The impression being created by sections of the media that the situation is worsening is not true. I can assure you that it will never get worse,’’ he said.

The statement stated that Mr. Jonathan also seized the opportunity to call for greater support from the National Assembly to curb terrorism, insurgency and insecurity in the country.

Jonathan also told members of the council headed by Baroness Lynda Chalker, why he decided to offer himself for re-election in the 2015 general elections.

The president was quoted as saying that with four more years in office, he would be able to further consolidate the positive gains of national reforms initiated by his administration.

This, according to him, will ensure that the reforms are taken to a point of irreversibility for the good of all Nigerians.

“As you already know, I have indicated my willingness to carry on for another four years if I am given the opportunity.

“This will enable us to carry forward some of the reforms we have been talking about,’’ he said.

The president cited the expansion of transportation infrastructure, improvement of local content in Nigeria’s oil industry, more inclusive economic growth, job creation and national security, among others.

According to the statement, all those are on the agenda of the meeting as some of the areas in which his administration still hopes to achieve further improvements.

“We cannot move the economy forward without good infrastructure. We have been working very hard in that area.

“We have improved our road network significantly. In the next three to four years, we should be able to resurface almost all federal roads in the country and begin new ones.

“We are improving our airport terminals and aviation security. Reforms are also ongoing at our ports to drastically reduce the time required for import clearance formalities.

“In the rail sector, we may require private sector funds to quicken the pace of development. Our goal is to link all state capitals by rail.

“It may not be an objective that can be achieved by a single administration, but we want to lay a solid foundation that others can build on.

“We are also promoting the increased of local content in our oil industry because that is the only way in which our people will benefit more from the industry.

“With that they will begin to see themselves as true stakeholders who need to protect and help in the development of our oil and gas resources,” Jonathan said.

He thanked Chalker and other members of the council for their valuable advice to the Federal Government over the years.

“To be successful, leaders must take decisions based on adequate information and sound advice.

“Having had the personal benefit of interacting with you all as vice president and president since 2007 has helped me a lot,” the president said.

The meeting later went into a closed door session to receive briefings, updates and presentations from relevant ministers and council members, the statement stated.



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  • pheliciti

    This government blames the opposition, the international community, the victims, other ethnic groups, the media – in fact, every body but itself for its non-performance. If you can’t do it, leave it!

  • kwango

    The president is an expert in blaming others. He should blame those who considered him fit for presidential duties when his highest vision was Governorship.

  • Awa

    President Jonathan with his born-to-blame mentality. He should blame Nigeria for overpaying and over pampering him without commensurate performance.

  • MushinSpeaks

    So President Jonathan is now trading insecurity on the media….God! Is this a country or jungle?

    We need the right person to lead this country and restore its lost glory.

  • karl marx

    The family of the victims are also creating false impressions including the missing chibok school girls.
    What a president with low acute?

  • Tonnero

    It’s been everybody’s fault but that of the inept Jonathan. Now it is the turn of the media.

  • Atom Ant

    Pray he blames the opposition come 2015 for making discerning Nigerians voters to reject him at the polls.

  • 9ja4life

    I think the internal displaced persons, corruption and government in effectiveness is also a media.
    The picture below for Mubi towm Adamawa is also a media.
    I believe we are leaving in two different worlds with our leaders.
    They don’t exactly know what we are going into.
    They are day dreaming, when everything around them is perfect they thought the whole country is perfect.
    Jonathan is not your fault, I remember the days of Abaca when he has a different news paper from the rest of the country.

  • Truthometer

    Mumu president is full of excuses again, for his incompetence and missteps.

  • felix

    a president dat never accept responsibility Always apportion blame 2 others b4 it was apc now is d media omorrow is nigerians themselves, i heard some people say in 2011 dat he was a blessin 2 nigerians from baba GOD by now are dis people still holdin on 2 dat belief l hope not