President Goodluck Jonathan has deplored Tuesday’s attack by armed terrorists on Bama, Borno State which claimed scores of lives.
An early morning attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect
on Tuesday, a military spokesman said had left 22 prison officers, 14
prison officials and 13 Boko Haram combatant dead with the town’s police
station, military barracks and government buildings being burned to the
A press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media
and Publicity, Rueben Abati, said the President "believes that the
continuation of such callous and wanton attacks of innocent Nigerians,
government facilities and security formations flies in the face of
ongoing efforts to establish a workable framework for dialogue and the
peaceful resolution of security challenges in Northern Nigeria.
"The President warns that the Federal Government’s consideration of
dialogue as an option for the elimination of some current threats to
security should not be seen as a weakening of its resolve and
determination to use all the forces at its disposal to crush all brazen
affronts to the powers and sovereignty of the Nigerian nation".
The statement added that the President urges the armed forces and
police not to be disheartened or daunted by the loss of their
colleagues, but to remain focused and undeterred in discharging their
responsibility for the security of lives and property in all parts of
Nigeria with the assurance that the Federal Government will continue to
give the Armed Forces and Police the fullest possible support to enhance
their ability to meet the continuing challenges of terrorism and