President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the reversion by Boko Haram to the callous bombing of soft targets in parts of Nigeria even as he gave assurance that the days of Boko Haram will soon come to pass.
The President hinged his renewed confidence for the total defeat of the sect on what he called, “the ongoing rapid recovery by gallant Nigerian troops and their multinational allies of areas formerly controlled by the sect.”
In a statement by special adviser on media and publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President further assured Nigerians and the people of the North-Eastern states that “the days of mourning victims of incessant terrorist attacks in the country will soon be over as the tide has now definitely turned against Boko Haram.”
He is sure that “the gallant, courageous and patriotic officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces, supported with new platforms, equipment and logistics provided by the Federal Government will carry the ongoing operations against the terrorists through to a successful conclusion in the shortest possible time.”
Jonathan stressed that his administration will continue to take all necessary action to guarantee the success of ongoing military operations against the terrorist group and drastically reduce its ability to take and hold territory or recruit, groom and brainwash young persons to undertake suicide bombing attacks on soft targets.
The President commiserated with all families who have lost loved ones in the bombings which continued today with attacks on Kano and Potiskum.
The President said that he shared the grief of all the bereaved families and that he is deeply saddened by the continued loss of many innocent lives at the hands of misguided and desperate fanatics who are now feeling the heat of the intense counter –insurgency operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces. [myad]