By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has declared that in the nearest future, Nigerians would celebrate the end of the menace of kidnapping in the country.
The President who expressed optimism that kidnapping in Nigeria has reduced significantly, said very shortly it will be wiped out from the country.
Speaking at an interactive session with Nigerians resident in Chad Republic, President Jonathan described kidnapping as a receding nightmare.
In response to a question on how kidnapping had prevented some Ibos from visiting their homes in Nigeria, the President assured that government has put in place elaborate measures to counter the menace and restore peace.
President Jonathan further assured Nigerians in Chad Republic that their complaints of constant harassment of Nigerian fishermen and others on legitimate businesses by Chadian security agencies would be addressed with the host authorities.
President Jonathan also promised to look into the issue of building a permanent office and residence for the Nigerian Ambassador, to secure the country’s pride of place in Chad.
He thanked all the speakers at the event who wished him success at next year’s polls, stressing that he and the Vice President Namadi Sambo “are totally committed and will do our best.”
Those who spoke during the meeting included representatives of various Nigerian ethnic groups resident in Chad Republic as well as the Chairman of the Nigeria-Chad Association, Stephen Osagie.
Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State, the Minister of Water Resources, Obadiah Ando and the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Salamatu Suleiman were among top Nigerian government officials at the interactive gathering.