Jonathan vows to replicate Asian Tiger feat in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan welcomed by his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak (L)


President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to replicate the miracle of the Asian Tigers with the Nigerian economy as he wooed Korean investors and assured them of good return on investment in the country.

He also called on the investors to come and partner with the government in the building an economy which he said “has the best prospects of growth in Africa.”

The president made this known while declaring open the Nigeria-Korea Investment Forum on Infrastructure and Energy Development, hosted at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KICC). He noted that policies and programmes of his administration were geared towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes one of the top 20 economies in the next 20 years.

According to him, there was need for synergy between the 150 Chief Executives of top Korean companies and across the globe that gathered to listen to presentations on opportunities open to them to invest in and get returns in the Nigerian economy.

President Jonathan told the gathering that vast opportunities abound in Nigeria consisting both human and natural resources which he claimed will be an advantage when compared to the situation of South Korea which attained its development without natural resources. He asked them to explore areas of mutual investment and benefit.

While pleading for their cooperation, he told the audience that his government has set its mind on diversifying the economy and transfer the economy from government to a private driven one. He assured them of good returns on investment and asked them to take advantage of the abundant opportunities adding that, “a world of prosperity is our common goal.”

He also noted that gains such as the ones recorded in the telecoms sector was about being replicated in other sectors of the economy like power, energy, oil and gas and the manufacturing sector especially with the population of over 167 million and a ready market.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Nigeria to South Korea, Ambassador Desmond Akawo said he put together the forum to showcase abundant opportunities where the investors would bring in their expertise and invest in Nigeria which had abundant untapped resources.

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Jonathan and Ekweremadu congratulate Senegal’s President-elect

Senegal President -Elect, Maky Sall

The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has commended the people of Senegal over the successful conclusion of the Sunday run-off presidential polls.

Ekweremadu who congratulated President-elect, Mark Sall for winning in a free, fair, and credible manner also commended the incumbent President, Abdoulaye Wade for conceding defeat, describing his action as an invaluable asset to Senegal’s democracy and unity.

“Coming on the heels of the temporary setback to democracy in Mali, this is not only good news for the people of Senegal, but for the entire West African sub-region as it reaffirms our resolve as a people to live under constitutional, democratic and stable order”, Ekweremadu stated.

Describing the election as an added momentum to democracy in West Africa, the Speaker who also doubles as Nigeria Deputy President of Senate, urged the President-elect to be magnanimous in victory, ensuring that all traces of genuine political grievances were assuaged and the nation welded even more closely by the democratic feat that the presidential election represents.

While commending the ECOWAS and members of the international community for ensuring that what appeared a logjam in Senegal was resolved amicably through the ballot box, Ekweremadu reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Parliament to working with all institutions and organs of ECOWAS to ensure the sub-region “consolidates the path of zero tolerance to unconstitutional seizure of power, bad governance, injustice, impunity, corruption, coup d’états, and blemished electoral processes which are in themselves the roots of conflicts, instability, and underdevelopment.”

Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the opposition candidate in last Sunday’s presidential election run-off in Senegal, Mr. Macky Sall, on his election as President-Elect of Senegal.

Describing his election as “victory for democracy and just reward for all Senegalese people who kept faith in the democratic process and voted responsibly in what has proved to be a watershed election,” the President noted that “the Senegalese people have confirmed that theirs is a mature democracy built on freedom and respect for rules and laws.”

“If there was ever any doubt, this election has proved that the foundation of Senegalese democracy is rock solid. This is good for the Senegalese people and also for our sub-region, especially at a time one of our brother countries is facing grave challenges to constitutional order,” he said.

President Jonathan further observed that Sall’s “commitment to democracy and remarkable leadership and doggedness in the face of great odds are proof that he is the right person to heal wounds, unite the country and lead Senegal along the path of peace, equity and prosperity.”

The President while also commending incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, “for graciously accepting defeat, showing great maturity and statesmanship and organising an election that was adjudged free and fair, whose outcome he has accepted”, recommended Wade’s example to all other leaders on the African continent.

“The outcome of the election in Senegal is good for West Africa and the African continent,” he stressed, adding that “he looks forward to working with President-elect Sall and the people of Senegal for the mutual benefit of our two countries and for the peace, stability and prosperity of our sub-region.”

 

 

Tukur is new PDP’s Chairman

77 year old Bamanga Tukur has been declared the new national chairman of  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Turkur emerged, the consensus candidate for the party’s chairman, after all the other ten candidates stepped down for him at the 2012 national conention of the ruling party in Abuja.

Though he was a consensus candidate, votes were still casted to affirm his election. He polled 3,185 votes out the 3,448 of the total votes cast to emerge the winner.

The ten candidates withdrew their nominations, just as the election was about to commence, citing “advice by leaders” and “for peace of the party.

Among those who voted at the event were President Goodluck Jonathan, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo and other top party members.

The emergence of Mr Tukur as the sole candidate for the party’s leadership position took a twist earlier in the week when he was defeated at the north-east zonal congress of the party in Bauchi state.

The party had zoned the chairman’s office to the north-east region with the 77-year old having the blessings of President Goodluck Jonathan and some senior members of the party.  But he was defeated at the zonal congress ahead of the national convention by the party’s acting National Secretary, Musa Babayo

Mr Tukur, had described his defeat at the North-east zonal congress as a ‘charade’ stating that, he believes the outcome of the event will not affect his aspiration to emerge as the next national chairman of the largest party in the country.

12 positions were up for grabs at the convention; eight of them including the national publicity secretary were affirmed after only one candidate remained unopposed for the posts. The remaining including the post of national chairman which had only one candidate still had to be decided by ballot.

Former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola also emerged the sole candidate for the party’s national secretary, a position held by Professor Ahmed Rufai Alkali, who was amongst the ten that stepped for Mr Tukur.

Reacting to the emergence of Mr Tukur as the consensus candidate, Prof Akali explained that there were “rigorous persuasion and consultations” to get other candidates to stand down. “Some of us made the sacrifice to avoid divisions in the party,” he said. “The party is supreme” he added.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu described the emergence of Mr Tukur as the party’s leader, as a blessing and added impetus for the Party.

“Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s emergence is a blessing for the party, being a respected statesman with a rich reservoir of experience and popular support needed to further strengthen the Party and consolidate the gains made so far”, he stated.

He called on the new party officials which he also described as a First Class team to ride on the popular support and good will enjoyed at the Convention to justify the confidence reposed in them by the party faithful and ensure the speedy realization of Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda.

Below are the new national officers of the People’s Democratic Party:

  • National Chairman – Bamanga Tukur
  • Deputy National Chairman – Sam Sam Jaja
  • National Secretary – Olagunsoye Oyinlola
  • National Woman leader – Kema Chikwe
  • National Auditor – Bode Mustapha
  • National Financial Secreatry – Bolaji Anani
  • National organising Secretary – Abubakar Mustapha
  • National Youth Leader – Garba Umar
  • National Publicity Secretary – Olisah Metu
  • National Treasurer – Bala Bawa Kaoje
  • Deputy National Treasurer – Claudius Emekise
  • National Legal Adviser – Victor Pam
  • Deputy National Publicity Secretary – Binta Masi Garba
  • Deputy National Auditor – Umar Ibrahim
  • Deputy National youth Leader – Dennis Arokpe
  • Deputy National secretary – Solomon Onwe
  • Deputy National Organizaing Secretary – Okechukwu Nnadozie 
  • Assistant legal Adviser – Mohammed Magaji

Avoiding contentious acrimony

Ahead of the voting, some governors explained to Channels Television the essence of a consensus candidate where they why they have decided to return some candidates without voting.

According to the governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan, “what the PDP as a party seeks to promote is the unity of the party,” adding that the agreement on a consensus candidate “is to make sure that we avoid a contentious acrimony or contest. In every human endeavor or political setting, people should thrive “consensus rather than contest” he opined.

Also speaking, the leader of the Northern governors’ forum and governor of Niger state, Alhaji Aliyu Babaginda, stated that “once an individual is agreed upon; there will be no need for contest because our constitution (PDP’s constitution) allows for standing unopposed.

“There is no point fighting or arguing over anything. There is nothing wrong with a consensus candidate especially when it is generally agreed upon” stated the Abia state governor, Mr Theodora Orji

About 5,000 delegates are at the Eagles square, venue of the event to choose new executives for the national convention.

Tukur emerges consensus candidate for PDP’s chairman

Whilst the election for the new set of executives for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is ongoing, 77 year old Bamanga Tukur has emerged, the consensus candidate for the party’s chairman, after all the other ten candidates have stepped down for him.

The ten candidates withdrew their nominations, just as the election was about to commence, citing “advice by leaders” and “for peace of the party.

The emergence of Mr Tukur as the sole candidate for the party’s leadership position took a twist earlier in the week when he was defeated at the north-east zonal congress of the party in Bauchi state.

The party had zoned the chairman’s office to the north-east region with the 77-year old having the blessings of President Goodluck Jonathan and some senior members of the party.  But he was defeated at the zonal congress ahead of the national convention by the party’s acting National Secretary, Musa Babayo

Mr Tukur, had described his defeat at the North-east zonal congress as a ‘charade’ stating that, he believes the outcome of the event will not affect his aspiration to emerge as the next national chairman of the largest party in the country.

Former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola also emerged the sole candidate for the party’s national secretary, a position held by Professor Ahmed Rufai Alkali, who was amongst the ten that stepped for Mr Tukur.

Reacting to the emergence of Mr Tukur as the consensus candidate, Prof Akali explained that there were “rigorous persuasion and consultations” to get other candidates to stand down. “Some of us made the sacrifice to avoid divisions in the party,” he said. “The party is supreme” he added.

Aside the office of the chairman, other offices that have recorded consensus candidates at the ongoing national congress are officials of the party’s National Working committee (NWC), which includes,  Onwe Onwe, deputy national secretary, Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary and for Minister of Aviation Kema Chikwe, has emerged as the national woman leader.

Dr. Okechukwu Nnadozie will be deputy national Organising secretary, deputy national treasurer, Honorable Claudius Emekise, national legal adviser: Barrister Victor Pam and deputy national publicity secretary: Barrister Binta Machika.

Avoiding contentious acrimony

Ahead of the voting, some governors explained to Channels Television the essence of a consensus candidate where they why they have decided to return some candidates without voting.

According to the governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan, “what the PDP as a party seeks to promote is the unity of the party,” adding that the agreement on a consensus candidate “is to make sure that we avoid a contentious acrimony or contest. In every human endeavor or political setting, people should thrive “consensus rather than contest” he opined.

Also speaking, the leader of the Northern governors’ forum and governor of Niger state, Alhaji Aliyu Babaginda, stated that “once an individual is agreed upon; there will be no need for contest because our constitution (PDP’s constitution) allows for standing unopposed.

“There is no point fighting or arguing over anything. There is nothing wrong with a consensus candidate especially when it is generally agreed upon” stated the Abia state governor, Mr Theodora Orji

About 5,000 delegates are at the Eagles square, venue of the event to choose new executives for the national convention.

Senator George Sekibo’s wife kidnapped

Asime G.T. Sekibo, wife of serving Senator George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District, was kidnapped on Thursday night by unknown gunmen on the outskirt of Port Harcourt.

Mrs Sekibo, who was kidnapped along with two other persons, was reportedly returning back home from the University of Port Harcourt, where she’s a student.

Though a source close to the family confirmed that the kidnappers had already contected her husband, Senator Sekibo, to give their ransom terms for her to be released, he could not state any specific amount they were demanding.

The kidnappers struck at about 7:00pm under the Obiri Ikwerre Bridge, which is still under construction, along the East-West Road.

According to the source, who would prefer his name not to be mentioned, there were four occupant in the car conveying the senator’s wife, but the hoodlums pushed one of the occupants out, taking off with their prime target and two other passengers.

“They called the Senator at about 9:00pm to inform him they were the people who kidnapped his wife. I don’t know for certain how much they are demanding, but I know they have asked for a ransom.

“The vehicle was later found abandoned around Aluu community, which suggests they might have escaped through that area. They also took the two other occupants with her”, the source revealed.

When reached for official confirmation and details, the Rivers state police spokesman, Ben Ugwuegbulam (DSP), said he was not informed yet, promising to get in touch with the police chief in charge of the area.
He, however, was not forthcoming until the filing of this report at about 5:10pm.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins race for World Bank presidency

Coordinating Minister for the economy and finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has finally thrown her hat in the ring for the race for the World Bank’s president.

Flanked by her counterparts from South Africa and Angola, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, unveiled her candidacy at a press conference in Pretoria, on Friday.

Her candidacy is backed by Africa’s leading economies and its two biggest oil producers in a push for greater influence at global financial bodies dominated by rich nations.

According to the two-time Minister of finance, “I consider the World Bank a very important institution for the world and particularly for developing countries deserving of the best leadership,” she said.

“So I look forward to a contest of very strong candidates, and am I confident? Absolutely” she added emphatically.

Her bid was unveiled in the South African capital, hours before the deadline for nominations to succeed current president Robert Zoellick, who is stepping down at the end of his term on June 30.

Former Colombian finance minister and central bank chief, Jose Antonio Ocampo, who has also been tipped to assume the office, announced his candidacy on Wednesday. Washington has yet to announce its own candidate for the office which American has held since it was founded nearly 70 years ago.

Okonjo-Iweala is a respected former World Bank managing director who joined the Goodluck Jonathan administration as finance minister in August. A capacity she once served during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo after which she was transferred to the Ministry of foreign affairs before her resignation.

“I have long experience in the World Bank, in government and in diplomacy and I look forward to giving you my vision at the appropriate time,” she said.

“I share the World Bank vision of fighting poverty with passion. The issue is in what direction one must take this to make this the most beneficial,” she said.

The World Bank has 187 member nations and focuses its activities on development loans.

Under a tacit agreement since the World Bank and its sister institution the International Monetary Fund were founded, the United States always selects an American as World Bank president and Europe puts a European at the IMF helm.

That traditional arrangement has triggered outrage from developing and emerging economies seeking greater representation to reflect their rising contributions to the global economy.

The US Treasury in February declared “the United States continues its leadership role in the World Bank,” as the largest shareholder, and would announce its candidate “in the coming weeks.”

Since then, the Treasury has declined to comment on the nomination process.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has long been among the most circulated names rumoured to be under consideration by President Barack Obama, along with UN ambassador Susan Rice, Democratic Senator John Kerry and former Treasury secretary Larry Summers.

Clinton has insisted that she is not interested in the job. Another American, economist Jeffrey Sachs, has garnered support for his self-declared candidacy in small developing countries.

Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has a decades-long career in development and poverty eradication and headed the United Nations’s Millennium Development Goals project.

A candidate must be presented by the Bank’s 25 executive directors, or by governors through the director representing them on the executive board.

The World Bank said that if there are more than three candidates, it will release a short list of three candidates but did not indicate the timing of the publication.

Jonathan, ECOWAS condemn coup in Mali

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) on Thursday condemned “in strong terms”  the reported coup d’etat by Malian rebel soldiers, who took over control of the country from the democratically-elected government of President Amadou Toumani Toure.
Renegade Malian soldiers went on state television
Renegade Malian soldiers went on state television on Thursday morning to declare that they had suspended the nation’s constitution and seized power in a coup after the government failed to quell a nomad-led rebellion in the north.

The soldiers of the newly formed National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR), led by Amadou Konare, read out a brief statement stating that “the CNRDR … has decided to assume its responsibilities by putting an end to the incompetent regime of Amadou Toumani Toure.”

“We promise to hand power back to a democratically elected president as soon as the country is reunified and its integrity is no longer threatened,” said Mr Konare, flanked by about two dozen soldiers.

A nationwide curfew was subsequently declared “until further notice”.

The West-African country has struggled to contain a northern rebellion launched late last year by local Tuareg nomads in which dozens have been killed and nearly 200,000 civilians have fled their homes.

President Jonathan, who expressed displeasure and dismay over the action of the renegade troops, described the move as “an apparent setback to the consolidation of democracy in Mali in particular and the African continent in general.”

He warned the coup plotters to allow the on-going democratic process in the country to run its full course and not to do anything that would truncate the electoral process especially the presidential election slated for next month.

Also the ECOWAS Commission in a statement by the President, Désiré Kadré Ouedraogo, strongly condemned what it called the “misguided actions of the mutineers” and warned that it will not condone any recourse to violence as a means of seeking redress.

ECOWAS noted that it has been following the unfolding events in Bamako with dismay and mounting concern, following the mutiny by a section of the military at the Kati Barracks on the outskirts of the capital city.

The disturbances sparked by elements within the armed forces are all the more reprehensible, coming amidst the on-going regional and international efforts to seek a peaceful solution to the rebellion in the north of the country, and a day after a special ministerial session of the AU Peace and Security Council on the matter ended in Bamako.

ECOWAS reminds the military of its responsibility under the Constitution, and reiterate its policy of “Zero Tolerance” for any attempt to obtain or maintain power by unconstitutional means.

The sub-regional group warned that it will “respond appropriately to any attempts to further disturb the precarious security situation.”

Nigeria-South Africa bi-national commission to be resuscitated

 

President Goodluck Jonathan has called for the resuscitation of the Nigeria-South Africa bi-National Commission in order to further strengthen the warm relations between the two countries.

President Jonathan made this known while addressing the delegation from South Africa, led by the Minister of Correctional Services, Mapisa Ngakula, at State House on Thursday.

The President recalled that as Vice President, he headed Nigeria’s delegation to the Bi-National Commission, and said “the body was crucial to the growth of cordial relations and mutual understanding between the two countries.”

He noted that Nigeria and South Africa have good economic relations, and emphasized that current warm political relations should be maintained as well.

President Jonathan, who thanked the delegation for delivering the message from President Jacob Zuma, also emphasised the need for the two countries to “cooperate to provide leadership for Africa, which providence has thrust on the two nations” he said.

The two largest economies in sub-Saharan Africa were embroiled in a diplomatic row over the deportation of 125 from South-Africa over the possession of fake yellow-fever vaccination card. Nigeria retaliated with the deportation of a number of South Africans over inadequate documentations. Authorities in Pretoria tendered an apology to the Nigerian government over the issue.

Earlier, the leader of the South African delegation had said the events leading to the deportation of Nigerians recently were “not approved by President Jacob Zuma nor the South African Government.” She added that the issue was being investigated with a view to sanctioning whoever may be found culpable.

She noted that the South African Government had publicly apologized to indicate that the two nations already have excellent brotherly relations which should not be destroyed by actions of staff who do not have the authority to take certain decisions.

She said Nigeria and South Africa need to build on the strong relations already existing, between them through the Bi-National Commission, in order to avoid a recurrence of the unfortunate events of the past few weeks.

No compensation

Mrs Ngakula, however ruled out any chance of compensation being paid to the 125 Nigerians that were deported from Johannesburg. She told journalists after the meeting with President Jonathan that “the issue of compensation is out of the question.”

“We don’t understand why South Africa will have to compensate. We believe that it is enough that we have come out to apologise. It is enough that we have demonstrated our goodwill to the government of Nigeria. It is enough that the President (Zuma) has sent his special envoy to reiterate his commitment to the bi-national commission and to the old working relationship with the people of Nigeria” she stated.

Jonathan commiserates with victims of Jos church blast

Pres. Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the suicide bombing that rocked the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Rayfield Jos today (Sunday March 11 2012). He also stressed the fact that the country is winning the war against terrorism in a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Reuben Abati PhD.

The president commiserated with the victims of the attack, members of the parish as well as the people and government of Plateau State.

“I convey my sincerest and heartfelt commiserations to the families of the victims of the bomb attack earlier today on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Jos, as well as the entire congregation of the Church and the government and people of Plateau State”.

President Jonathan reiterated his Administration’s total condemnation of  this and all other terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians and reassures all Nigerians and friends of the country that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to end the spate of mindless attacks and killings in parts of the country.

He called on citizens of the country not to remain remorseful despite the rising spate of the attacks and also claimed his government is winning the war against terrorism in the country.

“I urged Nigerians not to despair or be discouraged by the persistence of the attacks in spite of government’s efforts to deal decisively with the menace of terrorism within the country’s borders because despite seeming appearances to the contrary, government is indeed winning the war against the terrorists and will continue to progressively destroy their ability to unleash murderous attacks on peaceful, law-abiding Nigerians”.

“In this regard, it is worthy of note that in recent  weeks national  security agencies have identified and arrested more of these agents of darkness than at any other time. Their hideouts and modus oper

andi are also being consistently exposed” he said

President Jonathan further assured all Nigerians that Government will continue to build on these recent successes by the security agencies until terrorism is totally defeated in the country with the support, cooperation and solidarity of all patriotic citizens.

The President made an appeal to Nigerians not to take laws into their hands by embarking on reprisal attacks but to remain patient and resolute in their belief that the war has been won.

 

“I therefore call on the populace to remain patient and refrain from taking matters into their own hands through actions such as reprisal attacks, as government continues to take the battle to the merchants of terror and close in on their locations, funding and sponsors”.

 

Jonathan says PDP is the only party in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the only political party in Nigeria following the party’s ability to settle its differences amicably amidst plurality of views.

The President made this known at the 59th National Executive Committee meeting of the party in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on Wednesday, where he re-emphasized the need for more unity in the party.

Giving a swipe at the opposition parties, the president chided that words of individuals were laws in opposition parties, adding that it was only the PDP that possesses the means of using dialogue to settle disagreements amongst its members.

“For now, the PDP is the only political party we have in Nigeria that does not have one person whose word is law. Most other parties have individuals whose words are the laws. In the PDP, there is no such person whose word is the law,” he said.

The President urged the National Working Committee of the party to ensure that unity continues to reign in the party no matter the kind of misunderstanding that rocks the party, saying “as a political party people will always disagree. There is no party where there wouldn’t be disagreement.”

Referring to the crises that rocked the party ahead of the primaries for the 2011 presidential election, the president noted that “the ability to disagree and our ability agree and take a common position” makes the PDP the only party in Nigeria.

“Despite the disagreement, finally we will always agree on a common cost.” “Our ability to agree and our ability to take a common position, our ability to allow people to make input is our strong point” he affirmed.

The PDP has been the ruling power in Nigeria since the advent of democracy in 1999.

The National Executive Committee meeting which was a valedictory session for the current executive members of the party also had in attendance the Vice president Architect Namadi Sambo and some (PDP) governors in attendance.

The President also congratulated the governors that were voted back into office and those that have won their cases at the Supreme Court and election tribunals.

He called on the governors to work hard at ensuring that unity continues to reign in the party across the states.

‘I will no longer tolerate non-performance’ Jonathan tells the police

President Goodluck Jonathan says he would no longer tolerate non-performance and indolence on the part of the Nigerian Police Force

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said that he would no longer tolerate non-performance and indolence on the part of the Nigerian Police Force “which has led to shoddiness in the discharge of their duties.”

The President said this at the inauguration of the Parry Osayande Presidential Committee on the reform of the Police Force at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr Jonathan, who spoke through Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the usual non¬chalant attitude by the police would no longer be tolerated and charged them to sit up and be alive to their responsibilities.

He asked the police to evolve ways of contending and stopping the “ever increasing tactics and antics of criminals in our society.”

He said the “time has come when the whole force should be re-examined and re-organised for efficiency and effectiveness.”

According to the President, the concern of government is to redress the rot in the police force and reposition it in a way it would be able to perform its constitutionally-assigned roles of timely detection and prevention of crime.

In his response, Mr Osayande admitted that the image of the police had descended to a point of indignity especially in the glaring failure of the police to discharge its expected functions and roles, which has led to high crime and miscarriage of justice.

He assured the government that the committee would do everything humanly possible to reverse the trend and expressed satisfaction with the determination of the government to turn things around for the Nigeria Police force.

Jonathan urges Boko Haram to come out and talk

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday challenged the violent Islamist sect Boko Haram to identify themselves and state clearly their demands as a basis for talks, while acknowledging that military confrontation alone will not end their insurgency.

President Jonathan

In an interview with Reuters at the presidential villa in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan also said there was no doubt that Boko Haram had links with other jihadist groups outside Nigeria.

“If they clearly identify themselves now and say this is the reason why we are resisting, this is the reason why we are confronting government or this is the reason why we destroy some innocent people and their properties … then there will be a basis for dialogue,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“We will dialogue, let us know your problems and we will solve your problem but if they don’t identify themselves, who will you dialogue with?”

But he cautioned that the crisis would be much harder to resolve than the now rested militant insurgence in the Niger Delta, which was largely defused in 2009 under an amnesty he helped broker.