‘Boko Haram can’t attack southeast’

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Jun 16th, 2014
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Some South-East governors on Monday declared that the Boko Haram sect cannot attack the zone.

They made the remark after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governors include Willy Obiano (Anambra); Sullivan Chime (Enugu); Theodore Orji (Abia) and Martins Elechi (Ebonyi). Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha was absent.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting, Obiano maintained that the sect could not get to the South-East as they (the governors) are very alert.

He was reacting to the reports that police on Sunday uncovered three improvised explosive devices planted in Winners Chapel church in Owerri, Imo State Capital.

He said: “No, they cannot get there. I can assure you of that. We will not allow that to happen. I cannot tell you in any material details about the bombs found or not found. All I can assure you is that we are very alert in the South-East and we are watching what is going on. I can assure you that Boko Haram cannot come to the Southeast.”

According to him, they were at the Presidential Villa on a solidarity visit to Preseident Jonathan, whom he said, was under a lot of pressure.

“The President is a human being and he is under a lot of pressure. Some other people are making the work a lot more difficult for him. Instead of supporting him to steer us out of these stormy waters, they are adding kerosene to fire. So, we are here to tell him that we are supporting him and that he should count on us,” the governor said.

On erosion ravaging parts of the Southeast, particularly his state, Obiano disclosed that the World Bank was partnering with the state to tackle the problem while the government was evolving laws to curb the excesses of residents whose activities worsen erosion problems.

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