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Chibok girls: Boko Haram will be disarmed, says Minister


As efforts towards  ensuring  the safe release of the abducted Chibok School girls continues, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has said the Federal Government will not only ensure the safe release of the girls but also ensure that the insurgents are disarmed and re-integrated back into the society.

The Minister stated this Tuesday in Abuja while receiving the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General SRSG for West Africa, Ambassador Said Djinnit in his office.

He said “Nigeria’s efforts currently as far as the issue of insurgency is concerned is beyond the safe release of the Chibok school girls, but rather a global effort to permanently de-radicalize  the insurgents and change their thinking.”

He, on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, commended the efforts of the United Nations in supporting Nigeria in tackling the current security challenges.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank you and truly to convey our unquantifiable gratitude to his Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations and indeed the United Nations as a whole, we remain indebted to you for all these efforts”
The Minister called on the United Nations to give the country more opportunities of sharing knowledge and experiences that will ensure an end to the insecurity in Nigeria and especially the Boko Haram Insurgency which the government believes is having Alkaeda’s Sponsorship.

He emphasized the need for the global organization to check the activities of some international media that give opportunities to terrorist leaders to have free access to air themselves and even send terror messages to the people.

Turaki said President Jonathan is committed to ensuring free and fair elections in the 2015 general elections.      
During the visit, the UN envoy, Ambassador Said Djinnit called on all Nigerians irrespective of political persuasion to join hands with the Federal Government as the country prepares for 2015 General Elections, if the fight against insurgency must be won.

Ambassador Djinnit stated further that this visit would be the third of its kind by his office to Nigeria in recent time. Saying that it was in furtherance of the discussion between the United Nations Secretary General and His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan where the former sought to send a powerful delegation of the UN to Nigeria to convey the commitment of the organization’s support for Nigeria to overcome terrorism and also to know the possible ways the UN can assist Nigeria in ensuring the e safe release of the abducted Chibok School girls.

He also acknowledged the contributions of Nigeria to the regional peace. ‘Nigeria has been making a lot of contributions to the peace of the region, and so the insecurity in Nigeria is affecting the whole region, that is while we have been encouraging the countries of the region to come together and support Nigeria to end the challenges of insecurity in this country’, he  reiterated. (The Nation)[eap_ad_3]

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