President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, vowed to ensure members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, responsible for attacks which has led to thousands of deaths and loss of property pay dearly for their atrocities.
“No matter what government does, we cannot recover the dead, but our promise is that all those who took part in that will pay dearly for it,” the President said at the 4th annual presidential breakfast prayer held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
According to him, the annual presidential prayer session was held in honour of victims of Boko Haram attacks and their families.
“Government is offering all assistance to support the affected families as security agencies work tirelessly to unravel the scourge of this evil and to forestall further senseless desecration of our homeland,” Jonathan stated.
“And, of course, no matter what the government does, we cannot recover the dead but one thing we promise is that all those who took part in that act will surely pay for it. We must all come together and have faith to combat the ignorance and intolerance of criminals”, he stressed.
Jonathan explained the love Nigerians have for their country gives him hope and encouragement to do more for the good of Nigeria.
“I urge you not to relent in your prayers and dedication because overcoming the present challenges we face may look impossible with men, but, with God, all things are possible. This is clearly seen in the scriptures and this is my article of faith. And, of course, this is one of the things that make me smile whenever you see me.”
He therefore expressed optimism Nigeria will overcome terrorism and “with these strides of development which the country is undergoing in many sectors, we will not be slowed down.”
“We must all increase our vigilance and alertness as well as cooperation and understanding to our men in uniform who are at the forefront on our behalf”.