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Reuben Abati, the spokesperson for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has released a statement on behalf of the commander-in-chief regarding the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners.

Earlier today, a protest was staged at the Presidential Villa.

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On the Occasion of Visit by

#Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners

Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

PROTOCOLS

1. Good afternoon, my dear brothers and sisters. As the Minister of State of this great City, Abuja and as a mother like some of you, I, on behalf of Mr. President welcome you all home to the seat of the Federal Government.

2. The Federal Government is appreciative and supportive of the efforts of your group amongst so many other groups around the world, who have taken out time to demonstrate their disgust and solidarity against the wicked kidnapping of innocent school girls and the senseless mayhem of the Boko Haram terrorists.

3. Many other groups have sent messages of solidarity and support to the Federal Government in writing and we want to use this opportunity to thank them.

4. For a government that has placed so much premium on addressing major areas of reform and development in the nation, especially the development of women and the girl-child through increased investment in girl-child education and added opportunity for women, this wicked act has been indeed very painful.

5. Our present world is under the grip of terrorism. Yesterday, a market in China where ordinary people go to shop was bombed. Two days ago, terrorists visited our beautiful town of Jos and detonated bombs killing scores of people.

6. The communities of Kano, Maiduguri, Abuja, Nyanya, Madallah, amongst others, have at various times been bombed. Churches, mosques, parks and newspaper houses have not been spared. Terrorists and their sponsors have brought terrorism to our land. This is sad. This we must resist.

7. In the last three weeks, our country has been in the spotlight. Some evil individuals who call themselves Boko Haram abducted our daughters, the future mothers of our nation, and have refused to release them. This evil act has sparked protests all over the world. This is as it should be. There must be a united movement for the release of our daughters and that movement must now be turned into a united action against terrorism.

8. Government has mobilized available resources, Military and diplomatic in the search for our girls who have suffered so much trauma in captivity by agents of terror.

9. From the very first day this kidnapping occurred the Federal Government took action, directing our security services to go after the abductors. The search for our daughters has now assumed regional and global proportion and our nation has received strong support from our neighbouring countries and the international community including the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom, among others.

10. The security forces also reached out to the Borno state government and community members for support and collaboration to bring back our innocent daughters. So far, the campaign to bring our daughters back home is on, and is receiving global support.

11. Nigeria in collaboration with Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Benin Republic have all agreed to establish a single centre for sharing intelligence on the activities of terrorists across our boundaries.

12. Apart from those efforts in the public space, our President has personally initiated consultations with so many stakeholders, to explore alternative methods of resolving this crisis. It is wrong and most unfair to suggest that there was a slow reaction to this kidnapping. The Commander-in-Chief meets with the security chiefs almost daily, and he is also in constant consultations with regional and global partners on these terrorist threats.

13. This is why I want to appeal to your group and others through this medium, that it is important that your genuine patriotic zeal is matched with a realistic understanding of the situation in expressing concern and sentiment on this matter and other matters of terrorism.

14. As early as January 23rd 2013 President Jonathan at Davos, Switzerland asked the world for help in tackling terrorism. He later met with President Obama during the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2013 where he requested for U.S. support.

15. Government believes that we all must come together to fight terrorism and that protests should be directed at the terrorists who have abducted our innocent daughters and deprived them of a place at the fountain of freedom in our country.

16. Our security forces are among the best trained in Africa. They are making so much sacrifice in the fight against terror. As we sleep daily, they are in the field confronting the enemy. They need our support, not attacks and discouragement.

17. When terrorists see Nigerians turn on each other in blame it gives them a huge morale boost. We must never lose sight of the fact that terrorists are the real enemy.

18. We would like to encourage civil society groups to use their influence to encourage Nigerians to supply useful information to the security services using the emergency number 112. Citizens must protect citizens if our civilisation is to prosper.

19. We must be careful not to politicize the campaign against terrorism. When a bomb goes off in Kabul, Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan do not blame the government, they blame the terrorists. When a bomb goes off in Baghdad, Iraq, the people of Iraq do not blame the government, they blame the terrorists. When a bomb goes off in Islamabad, Pakistan, the people of Pakistan do not blame the government, they blame the terrorists. When a bomb goes off in Nigeria, we must all unite to fight the terrorists. This is the task of this generation. Our daughters must be freed to come home to their parents and loved ones.

20. Our daughters must be freed so that they can return to school and receive their education. Our daughters must be freed so that they can return home to be with their friends and play as all children their age do.

21. I thank you for coming. I thank you for listening and may God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

17 Comments

  1. Kay

    May 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. Selah.

    • Omo

      May 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

      GBAM!!

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 23, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Gbammest!!!

  2. Mz Socially Awkward....

    May 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    BN, your continued use of the word “staged” to describe this protest (as seen in this post and the other one about it you put up yesterday) hasn’t gone unnoticed. Hmmmmmmmmm….

  3. nike

    May 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Enough of statements and committees and results, we need to see RESULTS!

  4. nike

    May 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Enough of statements and committees, we need to see RESULTS!

  5. Blue

    May 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Really not interested in anything that comes from this man, Mr Abati, not after the fake picture he posted about soldiers getting ready to fight Boko Haram, when the picture was actually posted by a blogger in 2012……

  6. springsteps

    May 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    The leadership of jonathan continously reveals to us with every comment made a great divide btw his utterances and wellbeing ofthe people of nigeria.
    On point 9 in ur write up, am left with sour taste in my tongue to think that u only responded 3 weeks after the twitter campaign brought this issue to the forefront. If not, u only believed it was a scam meant to discredit ur leadership.
    To even consider in point 19 that u compare our country to others like Iran,Afghanistan etc that we shld nt blame the government??? Security is the most basic expectation of any citizen which we as nigerians have be constantly denied of.
    come 2015, I and the rest of nigerians will NEVER lend our votes to someone who claims he has never worn shoes rather to one who is will be judged by the content of his character and one who can empathise with the nigerian people rather than constantly schooling us on the difference btw stealing and corruption(knwing that both go hand in hand ). Nigerians will stand up to say enuf is enuf.

    • ME

      May 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Nigerians are very daft. How can you say that they responded 3 weeks after the incident in a state that was under emergency rule, flooded with soldiers and check points everywhere. People just write non sense because they feel they can write good english. A Cospiracy is staring you in the face and you are insulting Jonathan. I thought there was a governor in the state. why have we left him and be accusing the president? lets wake up people, the northerners wants to tear this country apart all for political power and you are here accusing GEJ.

  7. SOLO ACT

    May 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    i dont think those girls would be rescued

    • Troll

      May 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Well, as bleak as the suituation seems, we just have to have faith and hope for the best

    • idomagirl

      May 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

      my dear, I refuse to entertain the thought, but with the way our government is behaving it’s becoming more likely….

  8. Bee

    May 23, 2014 at 12:09 am

    This fool still things the #bringbackourgirls is directed at BH! No you muppet, it is directed at you & your inept government to get off your corrupt greedy nonchalant backsides and do everything necessary to restore security and rescue the girls.
    .
    Borno is apparently under a state of emergency but BH are still acting at will! Or doesn’t a state of emergency due to terrorism require a strong military presence? This beyond ridiculous.

  9. Anonymous

    May 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Brobdingnagian bunkum

  10. ij

    May 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

    na wa , by now these girls have started feeling at home and making friends in their new environment and this one is here giving stupid statements day in day out

  11. Kenneth

    May 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love every statement that he made in his speech, it is only in Nigeria that we blame the government when there is a bomb blast, when 9/11 occurred in america the government was never blamed rather the terrorists was, we should grow up in this country and do the right thing ! God help Nigeria amen .

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