Boko Haram : Jonathan calls for prayer against insurgency

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BY CALEB AYANSINA

ABUJA – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, expressed the Federal Government readiness to stop the acts of terrorism perpetuated by the Boko Haram sect in the North-East of  Nigeria.

The President, who stated this at the 2014 maiden edition of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) annual summit with the theme ‘Church and State Partnership in Providing Quality Education for the Nigerian People’ decried the deterioration of values and morals owing to poor educational policies.

Jonathan assured of governments efforts to confront the challenge of insurgency in the country, while urging the gathering to pray for Nigeria to overcome her current problems.

He said; “I urge you to pray for our dear country to speedily overcome the current challenges we faced, especially, insurgency, terrorism and the heinous killings of innocent children in schools.”

NIGERIA, Maiduguri : BEST AVAILABLE QUALITY People gather on March 2, 2014 near the wreckage at the scene where two explosions rocked a crowded neigbourhood in Maiduguri's Gomaris district on the evening of March 1. At least 35 people were killed following two explosions in a crowded neighbourhood of Nigeria's restless northeastern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists, police said March 2. "We are still counting. So far we have counted 35 bodies. Our men are still working with rescue workers at the scene," Borno state police commissioner Lawal Tanko said. AFP PHOTO /

People gather on March 2, 2014 near the wreckage at the scene where two explosions rocked a crowded neigbourhood in Maiduguri’s Gomaris district on the evening of March 1. AFP.

Speaking further on terrorism and the wanton killing of students in Yobe State, President Jonathan further stated that “I believe that with your devote prayers and the strategies we have put in place, we shall surely  surmount these challenges.”

Senate President, David Mark  kicked against the approach of the Boko Haram sect in the killing of students .

According to Mark, the brutal murdering of students was barbaric, adding that “I condemned the senseless and gruesome killings by the so-called disgruntled elements.”

“That’s not the way to express grievances,” Mark said.

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