President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his commitments to the fight against terrorism in the country and elsewhere. He disclosed this during his meeting with Mr. Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet, a Special Envoy of President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon.
President Jonathan also commended the partnerships among Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Benin Republic and Cameroon in ridding the West African Sub-Region of terrorism and other forms of violence.
While calling for regional partnerships and global alliance against the spread of terror, President Jonathan emphasised that an attack on one must be seen as an attack on all. He said the spirit of togetherness was needed to combat successfully the scourge of terror.
“Boko Haram and similar terrorist groups kill people indiscriminately hiding under religious beliefs that are not found in any of the Holy Books. They do not represent any civilized and rational people. Civilized and rational people of the world who are in the clear majority must therefore join forces to confront and defeat them,” President Jonathan said.
The President thanked President Ondimba for Gabon’s pledge to support Nigeria’s fight against insurgency. He assured him of Nigeria’s total commitment to prosecuting the war against terrorism to a successful conclusion.
Mr. Ngondet, who is Gabon’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Gabon welcomed the decision to form a multinational force that will confront terrorism.
He said that Gabon shared Nigeria’s position that Boko Haram’s activities have no basis in religion and assured President Jonathan of the support of his country and others in the Central African sub-region in fighting terrorism.