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■Says he’ll use 2nd term to consolidate on reforms
President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the international community to ignore reports coming from a section of the media about the activities of terror sect, Boko Haram in the north east, boasting that the war on terror was being won as the sect has not captured any town in the last one week.
Jonathan, speaking at the opening of the meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council (HIIC), in London, assured that the Federal Government, the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies were working very hard to ensure that the ability of Boko Haram to capture and hold any Nigerian territory is ended very soon. He further assured the gathering that the Armed Forces and other security agencies were making steady gains in recovering areas recently taken by Boko Haram.
According to him, “We are improving on security. For about a week now, there had been no reports of Boko Haram seizing more territory. 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.”
He used 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 had offered himself as a candidate in Nigeria’s next presidential elections because he was convinced that with four more years in office, he will be able to further consolidate the positive national reforms initiated by his administration 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,” he said.
Jonathan cited the expansion of transportation infrastructure, improvement of local content in Nigeria’s oil industry, more inclusive economic growth, job creation and national security which are on the agenda of the meeting as some of the areas in which his administration still hoped to achieve further improvements.
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.
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