President Goodluck Jonathan says Nigeria remains undeterred and unflinching in its resolve to protect its citizenry and other persons living within its borders.

Addressing the 67th UN General Assembly’s General Debate on Tuesday in New York, he said Nigeria would also extend such protection to other countries within its region.

“ We know that no country has unilaterally defeated the dark forces of violence and terrorism. This is evidently an endeavour that requires international collaboration.

“We therefore call upon the international community and all like-minded stakeholders to address this matter with all the seriousness that it deserves,’’ Jonathan said.

He pointed at Nigeria’s long-standing commitment to the promotion of issues of particular concern to Africa, saying this has been widely acknowledged.

President Jonathan said Nigeria had stood firm and played critical roles in all the recent developments in Africa.

He said this included the struggle for independence and self-determination, the fight against apartheid, colonialism and discrimination.

“Today, we are in the vanguard of the fight against extremism, terrorism and all forms of mindless violence,’’ Jonathan said.

He explained that sustainable development and progress were two ultimate aspirations of any nation which could not be achieved without peace and security.

Jonathan however said that Nigeria, being guided by this realisation, had committed and should continue to commit herself to the attainment of regional and international peace and security. NAN

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