FG is working ‘very hard’ to contain security challenges-Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has given the assurance that the Federal Government is working very hard to overcome Nigeria‚Äôs current security challenges.
President Jonathan is in Brazil to attend the on-going United Nations Earth Summit on Sustainable Development, tagged Rio+20.
Dr Jonathan stated that the first person he called when he arrived in Brazil was the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) in order to be abreast with developments in the troubled Kaduna and Yobe states.
‚ÄúWe have challenges, but they are not insurmountable. We remain fully focused and committed to national development in spite of sponsored lies against this administration‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúWe are ready to work together with all of our people to move the country forward. We will work even harder to place concrete realities on the ground that will further prove our sincerity and commitment to all Nigerians,‚ÄĚ he pledged.
The President noted that the earlier individuals and groups, especially opposition politicians stopped playing politics with every decision of government, the better for the country.
‚ÄúOne of the problems we have is that some Nigerians play politics with everything, but we cannot destroy our country because of personal political ambitions‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúWe now have a constitutional democracy and no one can stay in office forever. It will therefore be best for our nation if we all support whoever is there for the development of the country instead of trying to pull him down by all means.‚ÄĚ
Nothing to lose
Meanwhile the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to the President Dr. Reuben Abati, has also stated that the nation has nothing to lose with the president‚Äôs attendance of the summit in Brazil.
Dr Abati on the side-line of the Rio+20 Summit expressed his displeasure on the criticism that has trailed the president‚Äôs departure from the country to PUNCH Newspapers.
‚ÄúIt is as if there is nothing you can do to please our people. It is not that Nigeria is going to lose anything by Mr. President‚Äôs presence here rather; the country is going to gain a lot from his presence‚ÄĚ he stated.
According to Dr Abati, the president is in Brazil ‚Äúserving the interest of Nigerians; it is not as if he has abandoned his responsibilities.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe crisis in Kaduna and Yobe occurred almost on the eve of the President‚Äôs departure for this event and commitments have been made.‚ÄĚ
The aide also noted that the president‚Äôs presence in Brazil for Rio+20 summit at a time violence broke out in Kaduna and Yobe states does not mean the President has abandoned his responsibility, adding that the president met with security chiefs before he left the country and he was confident that security agencies were on top of the situation.
He further explained that the president needed to attend the conference because of its importance to Nigeria and because commitments had already been made on his attendance, adding that his presence at the summit was in the best interest of the country.
‚ÄúThe conference, Rio+20, is very important and nobody can doubt that. The issues that will be discussed at this conference are also issues that are relevant to Nigeria‚Äôs interest. It is also an opportunity for Nigeria to promote its interest in terms of its place in global community‚ÄĚ he said.
Dr Abati noted that security agencies are aptly handling the situation, saying that ‚Äúin any event, it is not as if the government has abandoned the situation at home. Security agencies are there, they are on top of the situation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBefore the President left, he met with security chiefs. The business of leadership cannot just stop because there is a crisis there‚ÄĚ he added.
He appealed to the opposition not to always play politics with everything, as he claimed that ‚Äúif the President had refused to come to Rio, the same persons (opposition parties) will turn around and say that there is an important conference attended by world leaders and the Nigerian President stayed away from it.‚ÄĚ