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“My Heart Aches”, Jonathan Pens Article on Missing Chibok Girls

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Has the Nigerian government reduced its effort to find the missing school girls abducted in the Chibok area of Borno in April?

According to the commander-in-chief, absolutely not.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wrote an article for the Washington Post about the Federal Government’s effort to find the girls abducted by Boko Haram.

GEJ who confesses he has remained quiet about efforts by the Nigerian military, police and investigators says, “I am deeply concerned, however, that my silence as we work to accomplish the task at hand is being misused by partisan critics to suggest inaction or even weakness.

My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice. On my orders, our forces have aggressively sought these killers in the forests of northern Borno state, where they are based. They are fully committed to defending the integrity of their country.”

Also a parent, he says “My heart aches for the missing children and their families…I know how awfully this must hurt.”

He sheds light on thousands of people who have been killed and affected by the Islamist terrorist group since 2010, and that the FG will press on, “We will not succumb to the will of terrorists.”

In September, GEJ plans to urge the United Nations General Assembly to establish an External Intelligence Response Unit to help share security information on threats in West Africa, and if needed special forces and law enforcement to confront terrorism whenever it occurs.

He also calls for unity between Christians and Muslims as well as understanding.

President Jonathan finishes optimistically saying, “Something positive can come out of the situation in Nigeria: most important, the return of the Chibok girls,  but also new international cooperation to deny havens to terrorists and destroy their organizations wherever they are — whether in the forests of Nigeria, on the streets of New York or sanctuaries in Iraq or Pakistan. Those who value humanity , civilization and the innocence of children can do no less.”

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9 Comments

  1. Iris

    June 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    He did not have to be silent to avoid compromising his government’s investigation. A few days after the kidnapping he could have held a press conference or a presidential address and read out this exact article. That would have done a better of job of trying to convince the nation that he was aware of and actively working on the situation. After all, this article coming months later hasn’t revealed anything new anyway. I keep saying it: whoever handles his public relations is not working hard.

    • Person

      June 28, 2014 at 12:26 am

      But see, according to EXTREMELY reliable sources, for almost 20 days when the incident first happened, the President was unsure if there was any truth to the kidnapping or not. And this is not because he is an idiot or whatever other names we want to call him. Simply put, he could not verify the information. For the first 20 days. In kidnapping cases, the first 24hours are the most crucial. We already gave the terrorists a 20 day head-start. This is a fault in the way our security forces are structured- too centralized. We need police forces in each state that reports directly to the governors, especially because the governor is the CSO of the state, not President Jonathan. Nigeria is too vast for one man in Abuja to handle. With the way we have structured our police forces, these challenges will be almost non-stop.

  2. Wale

    June 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I wo yi la aro(too little to late). I think the N10billion they used to hire a PR firm is now being put to use. Rubbish president, clueless dumb leader.

  3. Tae

    June 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    His heart aches so much he hasn’t gone to visit Chibok and he is trying to rid Nigeria of corruption by pardoning Alams, making Bode George’s wife the Director of NDLEA, dropping the case against Mohammed Abacha and campaigning for criminals like Omisore. Actions speak way louder than words

  4. brainchild

    June 28, 2014 at 12:03 am

    If he is in the forest chasing after Boko Haram, naturally Boko Haram will know that they are being chased. So Dear Goodluck will not be compromising anything. Nobody is asking you for the details of your effort. We are just asking you to make public general statements about what efforts that are being made.

  5. brainchilf

    June 28, 2014 at 12:07 am

    This is very disregarding to the Nigerian people. It’s like our president feels like he does not owe us any duty to tell us what is being done. That is why is has disregarded his own people and is writing to AMERICA in the WASHINGTON POST!

  6. Ides of March

    June 28, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Why the heck are you penning an article to the Post?!! Your constituents are here in Nigeria, dying like flies, reassure them that you are here, with them until the task is done!! Which Kain yeye silence being misconstrued! I.just.can’t!!!

  7. Save Naija!

    June 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

    The American PR firm that president Goodluck Jonathan hired recently to polish his image and bamboozle the Nigerian people against the 2015 Nigerian presidential election have started work in earnest! Wow GEJ, why wait after several months to put pen to paper about the Chibook girls? Why Jona? But remember, “YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME”. Let me remind you, dairis godooooooooo, dairis godoooooooo!!!!!! According to your wife, Patience.

  8. Brain Jelly

    June 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    President Jonathan. It’s a good thing we get to know the detail of your efforts. Please try harder because it’s a terrible tragedy. People of Nigerian will owe you a great maximum respect with remembrance as a hero whenever u summit d keys to d office. God bless Nigeria, God bless d people of Nigeria. Brain Jelly.

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