ABUJA – President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja urged the UN to focus more on helping Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of persons and communities affected by terrorism in Northern Nigeria.
The president said the nation would prefer such support rather than deployment of international force to the country.
He said this at an audience with the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily.
Details of the discussion were made available to the State House correspondents in a release issued by the Presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati.
Jonathan expressed the view that UN intervention in Nigeria should not be based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which relates to military enforcement of peace, but on Chapter 8.
The President said Chapter 8, which recognises the role of regional bodies such as the African Union in working with the UN for the promotion of peace and security, was robust enough to tackle insurgency in Nigeria and other African countries.
Jonathan also told the UN envoys that with the cooperation of neighbouring countries, the Nigerian military had already regained most of the territories seized by Boko Haram in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states.
He said the Nigerian military had now commenced a final push to take the last stronghold of the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
In his remarks, Ibn-Chambas commended President Jonathan for his statesmanship following the outcome of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
He conveyed UN Secretary-General’s personal admiration for President Jonathan’s “exemplary leadership’’ with regard to the conduct of the general elections.
“We are hoping that other African countries who are holding elections this year will learn from the good example of Nigeria,’’ the envoy said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Ibn-Chambas also told the President that the UN team was visiting countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, including Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
He reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support the ongoing effort by Nigeria and other countries in West and Central Africa to end terrorist attacks against their citizens. (NAN)
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