Jonathan vows to lead battle to defeat Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night vowed to lead Nigerians to defeat the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking at the official launching of the Victims Support Fund at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, the President said that it beats his imagination that Nigerians could make themselves available to be used as suicide bombers.

He said the fact that the fund was being set up was not an admission that terrorism has come to stay in the country.

Jonathan said: “I never for once thought that I would, in my life time, hear of Nigerians strapping bombs to themselves and blowing up innocent people. We would have sworn that it is impossible! 10 years ago, no Nigerian would have imagined it. We thought it was something that could only happen in other countries.”

“But here we are today witnessing this sordid phenomenon. Even women, who are not known for violence, are now involved. Mr. Chairman, fellow citizens, we will defeat terror and I will lead Nigerians to achieve this.”

“The fact that we are setting up a victims support fund does not mean we have accepted that terrorism is here to stay. No! Never! Rather, this is just one of the short-term measures in our overall strategy against the enemies of peace and progress.”

The President assured that his administration will not allow evil to overcome good in the country.

According to him, it was also unbelievable to think that “some twisted minds” could kidnap innocent school girls and keep them in captivity for months.

In effort to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls, he said the government is caught between demonstrating military might and endangering their lives or undermining the sovereignty of Nigeria by succumbing to the blackmail of the terrorists on their own terms.

All options, he said, are still open to bring the girls back home safely.

He said: “We will come out of this tougher and better nation. In these trying times, we have seen Muslims and Christians, Northerners and Southerners, men and women, and Nigerians from all walks of life rise up in unison to condemn the terrorists.”