We Must Root Out Al-Qaeda, Says Jonathan

West African regional bloc ECOWAS is committed to restoring peace to Mali and ensure Al-Qaeda is pushed out of the country’s north, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Friday.

“We must take action to root out the Al-Qaeda, drug traffickers, kidnappers and other criminal elements who are turning Northern Mali into a home for terrorists”, he said during a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Jonathan, who visited Mali recently, sought the support of Germany and the European Union, an official statement from his office said.

“The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is committed to restoring peace and normalcy to Mali, and therefore seeks the support of German and the European Union”, he told Westerwelle.

Jonathan said contact with Malians during his visit there showed a desire for peace and a commitment to remove the rebels from northern Mali.

He said that Nigeria’s contribution to Mali would include technical support for the military, the statement said.

ECOWAS has decided to deploy a regional force to Mali where a coup overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure on March 22.

The north of the west African nation has fallen under the control of armed Islamist groups, some linked to Al-Qaeda, in the wake of the coup.

On October 12, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution preparing for the deployment of such a force for Mali, giving ECOWAS 45 days to firm up its plans.

The German minister who arrived Nigeria from Mali for the Nigeria-German Bi-National Commission meeting, said that his country was interested in the destiny of the sub-region, and was willing to help restore peace and normalcy to Mali.

The meeting will discuss bilateral trade and energy issues, Westerwelle said at the opening of the meeting, adding that Germany will work together with Nigeria “to overcome the threats and the challenges in the region.”

Nigeria’s foreign minister, Olugbenga Ashiru, is leading the Nigerian team to the talks.

Source: Vanguard News

8 Comments

  • seriously!….hw more foolish could dis man be….claimin 2 be tough enof 2 fight almighty al-qaeda wen boko haram has a lit a fire unda ur ass…..go chew d chord…!

  • Jonathan is like a man whose house is on fire, and he go on to be chasing rat. Pls do nigerians a favour, just step down and we will clap for you. All jonathan has been doing is making a way and personal connections for his families in the international communities he has a vested interest. Pls can anyone answer dis question. What is the opposite of GOODLUCK..???

  • abeg bro jonathan, no try anoy me o.why wunt u treat ur own fuckup b4 lukn into anoda pesin fuckup…c as u jst d suffa pple 4 9ja..den neva sale fuel pass 80 on normal days sinc i knw 9ja nw c wat u hav causd..abeg charity begins at home…ana ama nma na ulo tupu apuwa n’ama…ina anu

  • The greatest challenge posed by Al Qaeda is that of splinter units. Rooting out the main body from the grounds they hold in Mali will be a piece of cake for the combined armies of a few determined nations but the worry should be about what the routed individuals will do afterwards. As has been proven first in Iraq and now Afghanistan the propensity of these crazed cells for unending nuisance against the populace is quite a nightmare.

  • I love what president Jonathan goodluck did. Nigerian is the grant of Africa and we suppose to do like American. That rebel in Mali are not malian. This the al-Qaeda people that ran out from Libya after the killed president gadafi of Libya. The should move away from that country and find there root. Heavy problem will be in Africa country if the leave them to stay in Mali. Goodluck president Jonathan of Nigeria.
    One love.

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