President Goodluck Jonathanon Thursday, April 30, reiterated his commitment to the war on terror, stating that he will do everything within his power to liberate all areas regarded as Boko Haram strongholds before he leaves office on Friday, May 29, 2015.
President Jonathan made the pledge in Abuja while receiving a delegation of Heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation led by the Secretary-General of the organisation, Kunio Mikuriya.
Speaking via a statement issued by Reuben Abati, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Jonathan said with the recent successes recorded by the military in the North East, only one known stronghold is yet to be fully liberated, as two other states have been completely liberated from the clutches of the insurgents.
He said: “We can now say two states are completely free from terrorist control, while in the third state, it is only in one Local Government Area that they are still present. That is in the Sambisa Forest.”
On his decision to concede victory and congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari after the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential election, President Jonathan said: “Our elections should be about where Nigeria is going. If Nigeria is moving forward, it is for the good of all Nigerians. My children and grandchildren will live and grow in this country and contribute to it.
“I always tell my colleagues to leave office when their time is up. We are trying to encourage African leaders not to remain in power as kings until death.”