President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to hand over a country free of Boko Haram to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on May 29. He made it lear that he will also do all within his powers to ensure that all Nigerian territory still held by the insurgents are totally liberated before the handing over.
The President who received a delegation of Heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation led by the Secretary-General of the organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today, emphasized his determination to hand over a country completely free of terrorist strongholds to General Buhari.
The President said that ongoing military operations in the North-East had already recorded huge successes, with two states completely freed from the control of terrorists, while operations in the third state had reached a concluding stage.
“We can now say two states are completely freed from terrorist control, while in the third state, it is only in one Local Government Area that they are still present. That is in the Sambisa Forest.”
President Jonathan noted that the military had already moved into the forest to seize the remaining camps of the terrorists, adding that the recent rescue of about 300 abducted girls and women was further evidence of the success being achieved in the ongoing operation.
On his decision to concede victory to the President-elect, General Buhari, before all the results of the presidential elections were announced, President Jonathan said that elections must be approached from a nationalistic point of view.
“Our elections should be about where Nigeria is going. If Nigeria is moving forward, it is for the good of all Nigerians. My children and grandchildren will live and grow in this country and contribute to it.
“I always tell my colleagues to leave office when their time is up. We are trying to encourage African leaders not to remain in power as kings until death.”
Leader of the delegation, Mr. Mikuriya commended the President for supporting the reform of the Nigeria Customs Service, saying that other African countries had already started emulating the vision, strategy, adoption to new technology and result- oriented training of officers that were captured in Nigeria’s reforms. [myad]