In an address presented on his behalf by his deputy, Namadi Sambo, at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence College Course 20, in Abuja on Friday, President, Goodluck Jonathan has made it clear that it is a difficult task for the Federal Government to surmount the challenges posed by terrorism in the country.
Among other things, the president stressed the cooperation of all patriotic Nigerian in tackling the terrorists. The President pointed out that Nigerians must do everything possible to uncover the various terrorist hideouts in the county. He also challenged the security and intelligence agencies to take up the challenge to expose the various threats to national security through effective inter-agency collaboration.
According to the address, “Our security will therefore require the best intelligence to reveal threats hidden in built-up areas, in hills, in forests, in remote settlements and so on… Inter-agency cooperation among our security agencies must be reinforced and our responses must be swift… Above all, our security will require the participation of all loyal citizens of this country. The work ahead is complex and difficult; so, are the choices before us.”
The address continues: “I hate to describe the enemies as terrorists, but they operate just like them. We must uncover their cells using all available tools. We will work with all our friends in confronting terrorism… We are in a conflict between the good and the evil and we must be bold enough to call evil by its name. This evil goes by the name Boko Haram.”