We Are Working Hard To Prevent Boko Haram Capturing More Towns – Goodluck

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has reiterated the federal government’s readiness and will power to curb terrorism in the country. He maintained that the security forces were working hard to prevent the boko haram insurgents from capturing more towns.

He made this statement while speaking at the opening of the meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC) in London on Friday.

President Jonathan also re- assured the international gathering that the Armed Forces and security agencies were making steady gains in recovering areas recently taken by Boko Haram.

According to the president “We are improving on security. For about a week now there have been no reports of Boko Haram seizing more territories. 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,” President Jonathan boldly told the gathering.

The President also seized the opportunity of the occasion to call for greater support from the National Assembly for the Federal Government’s efforts to curb terrorism, insurgency and insecurity in the country.

He told members of the council headed by Baroness Lynda Chalker that he is re-contesting the presidential elections because he was convinced that with four more years in office, he will be able to further consolidate the  gains recorded and achieved through his transformational agenda and take them 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 so that we can carry forward some of the reforms we have been talking about,” the President said.

“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 increase of local content in our oil industry, because that is the only way in which our people will benefit more from the industry and begin to see themselves as true stakeholders who need to protect and help in the development of our oil and gas resources,” President Jonathan said.

He thanked Baroness Chalker and other members of the council for their valuable advice to the Federal Government over the years. The meeting later went into a closed door session to receive briefings, updates and presentations from relevant ministers and council members.

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