News / Africa

Nigeria President Jonathan Vows to End Terrorism, Says Adviser

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visits the site of an explosion in Abuja, April 14, 2014.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visits the site of an explosion in Abuja, April 14, 2014.
Peter Clottey
Nigeria’s state security organizations have launched a joint investigation into Monday’s bombing in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital, Abuja that left at least 71 dead and many injured, says Reuben Abati, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan condemned the bombing after expressing his condolences to the families of the victims of the attack, and directed the medical services to ensure the injured received medical care.                  

Abati says all of Nigeria’s security services are working together to investigate the bombing.

“The investigations are continuing and [they are] an inter-agency collaborative effort. All the various security agencies are involved; the Police, the Civil Defense, the State Security Services and the various intelligence agencies of the military,” said Abati. “When the incident occurred, one of the perpetrators was also caught up in the explosion and he died. Some of the media houses have shown the pictures of the suicide bomber.”

Abati says security agencies have been placed on high alert in the capital, Abuja, and other parts of the country following the bombing.

“The president has ordered that security should be heightened in and around Abuja and across the country. Because the place where the bombing took place, Nyanya is just about four kilometers from Abuja,” said Abati. “Many of the people who work within the federal capital territory live in that area. Clearly, the threat is quite close and what happened is tragic, and when the president heard about it he was really sad.”

Abati says Jonathan is encouraging the media to educate Nigerians about the threats from terrorism and the need for their cooperation with security agencies to help combat terrorism in the country.

“The president reassured Nigerians that the government remains determined to put an end to the scourge of terrorism and that he is very optimistic that at the end of the day Nigerians will get over this particular problem,” said Abati.

Meanwhile the spokesman for Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to unite behind President Jonathan to end terrorism in the country.

Abdullahi Jalo condemned the attack. He also called on the international community to help the government in Abuja defeat terrorism in the country.

“There is a need for the western communities to quickly assist Nigeria so that this terrorism would be defeated,” said Jalo. “We call upon all Nigerians to stand up against these [terrorists]. Because if you are terrorizing and you say you are Boko Haram and you are killing people whom are you going to rule? Western education is part of us so there is no real purpose in doing this. They cannot get what they want.”
Clottey interview wth Reuben Abati, Adviser to Nigeria President Jonathan
Clottey interview wth Reuben Abati, Adviser to Nigeria President Jonathani
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
 
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, PDP spokesman
Clottey interview with Abdullahi Jalo, PDP spokesman i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

China’s Influence Grows With New Infrastructure Bank

Multibillion-dollar China-backed and BRICS-supported Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seen as possible challenger to such lenders as IMF, World Bank More

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

Rabbi Michel Serfaty makes the rounds in his friendship bus to encourage dialogue and break down barriers between the two groups More

Post-deal Iran Leaders Need 'Economic Momentum' to Solidify Power Base

Economists say deal could inject more than $100 billion into coffers - not enough to entirely rescue ailing economy - but maybe adequate to create 'economic momentum' More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
April 14, 2014 7:21 PM
Only fools and idiots will still believe that BH insurgency is motivated by mere opposition to western education. Are these the type of cretins in charge of formulating policies in Nigetia?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impacti
X
Michael Bowman
June 28, 2015 10:05 PM
Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video US Gay Marriage Ruling Yields Real-life Impact

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people. VOA’s Michael Bowman spoke to a same-sex couple that will benefit from the high court ruling, and to a Christian scholar who is apprehensive about its potential consequences for America’s faith community.
Video

Video Syrians Flee IS Advance in Hasaka

The Syrian government said Monday it has taken back one of several districts in Hasaka overrun by Islamic State militants. But continued fighting elsewhere in the northern city has forced thousands of civilians from their homes. In this report narrated by Bill Rodgers, VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer describes the scene in Amouda, where some of the displaced are taking refuge.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video S. Korea Christians Protest Gay Rights Festival

The U.S. Supreme Court decision mandating marriage equality nationwide has energized gay rights supporters around the world. Gay rights remain a highly contentious issue in a key U.S. ally, South Korea, where police did a deft job Sunday of preventing potential clashes between Christian protesters and gay activists. Kurt Achin reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Syrian Refugees Return to Tal Abyad

Syrian refugees in Turkey confirm they left their hometown of Tal Abyad because of intense fighting and coalition airstrikes, not because Kurdish fighters were engaged in ethnic cleansing, as some Turkish officials charged. VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer, in Tal Abyad, finds that civilians coming back to the town agree, as we hear in this report narrated by Roger Wilkison.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.
Video

Video In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Za’atari, a makeshift city in Jordan, may be the only Syrian refugee camp to tweet its activities, in an effort to keep donors motivated as the war in Syria intensifies and the humanitarian crisis deepens. Inside the camp, families say mobile phone applications help hold together families that are physically torn apart. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Chemical-Sniffing Technology Fights Australia's Graffiti Vandals

Cities and towns all over the world spend huge amounts of resources battling graffiti writers who deface buildings, public transport vehicles and even monuments. Authorities in Sydney, Australia, hope a new chemical-sniffing technology finally will stop vandals from scribbling on walls in the passenger areas of commuter trains. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. Although the child labor rate has dropped over the past decade, Cambodia has a lot more to do – including keeping more children in school. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from Phnom Penh.

VOA Blogs