Boko Haram plan to attack whole country –Jonathan
With the rising wave of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East geo-political zone, President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said that the sect’s various attacks were planned to extend to other parts of the country.
Speaking during the revival service of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement, at its headquarters in Ijesha, Lagos, Jonathan, who was in attendance, said the sect had planned to bring down his government.
The president said the idea of the terrorists was to start from the centre of the country and then move to other parts in the effort to bring down the whole country.
He listed the United Nation’s building, Police Headquarters, Army barracks market and Nyanya Motor Park as some of the places the terrorists attacked in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja.
He, however, said that efforts of the Federal Government have curtailed the spread of the attacks, except in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Jonathan maintained that insurgency and terrorism are global phenomena that are not peculiar to Nigeria, adding that with international collaboration, the nation’s Armed Forces would defeat the sect.
He said: “We are working hard as a government and with your cooperation, we will rout terrorism. We will work harder to protect all Nigerians.
“We will improve the economy so that people will have jobs so that these distractions about terror will end,’’ he said.
He thanked members of the church and the Christian community as a whole for their intercessory prayers and urged them not to relent.
“We believe we should not campaign in churches; but, I am here to thank the General Overseer and members of the church for what you are doing.
“Your spiritual work has not only helped members of the church alone, but helped the country.
The church’s General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, led the congregation through intercessory prayers for God “to bless the nation with unity, peace and stability”.
The faithful also prayed to God to give the president good health and strength to continue to prosper the nation.
They also prayed for pre-election and post-election peace in the country and for the Lord to protect and preserve the president to enable him to achieve national prosperity.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Police Command on Friday night intercepted a truck conveying ammunition at Kosubosu, a border town in Baruten Local Government Area of the state.
The vehicle, marked Lagos XU 110 BDG, was believed to have been coming from Burkina-Faso and heading for Ibadan.
Police officers with the Kosubosu Divisional Police Headquarters arrested the driver with another occupant of the vehicle.
A police source informed that the ammunition, which included several cartons of cartridges, were hidden in the truck.
The state Commissioner of Police, Salihu Garba, who spoke to newsmen, confirmed the incident.
On his own, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okansanmi, said the police were further investigating the matter.
He said: “It is true, but investigation is still ongoing. That is the only thing I can say for now until the case is later transferred to the command headquarters for further investigation”.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the council, Mohammed Omar-Bio, described the incident as sad, especially at a time that the elections were approaching.
The chairman, who was also at the police station, lauded police officers in the area for their gallantry and doggedness.
The council boss warned people against engaging in any acts that would threaten the country’s peace.