President Jonathan Calls on Neighbouring Countries to Join the Fight Against Boko Haram

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Updated December 30, 2011
President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has asked neighbouring countries to join in the fight against Boko Haram, the dreaded Islamic sect that has claimed responsibility for various deadly attacks that have marred the year 2011.

Speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister of Niger Republic, Mr. Mohame Bazoum, who had come to offer his condolences over the latest in the Boko Haram series of attack, the Christmas Day Bombings, Jonathan called for the joint efforts of Christians and Muslims in fighting down threats from Boko Haram.

The Nigerien deputy brought with him messages from his nation’s President Issouf Mahamadou to the State House today when the President called for solidarity between Nigeria and its northern neighbour.

Both presidents agreed that the violence was not a religious war, with President Jonathan adding that no religion asks its followers to throw bombs, killing people they don’t even know.

The President is asking neighbouring countries to cooperate with Nigeria in the effort to stop violence, since, according to him, the perpetrators pass through porous borders.

Mr. Mohame Bazoum said Niger’s president has expressed concern about the violence and loss of lives and assured President Jonathan of his country’s support in the efforts to check the activities of Boko Haram.