By BEN AGANDE
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, asked Nigerians to join hands with government in the fight against terrorists, saying that the current insecurity in the country is caused by terrorists and their sponsors and not the Federal Government.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke, when he received a group of protesters, Bring Back Our Girls, in Abuja, led by former Minister of Education and World Bank Vice President for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, said what the country’s security services need now is the support of all Nigerians and not condemnation.
The #BringBackOurGirls group has been protesting in Abuja for the past 23 days over the abduction of about 200 schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State.
Chanting songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions such as ‘bring back our girls and alive now’ and ‘we are Chibok women’, the group staged a peaceful protest walk beginning from the Unity Fountain in Maitama to the Federal Secretariat complex where they were received by senior government officials.
They were received by a delegation of government led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister of Environment, Minister of Information, Minister of Women Affairs, and Special Advisers on Media and Public Affairs.
The Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke, read the response of the President said: “Our security services are in the field confronting the enemies. They need our support not attacks and discouragement; they are also losing their lives for us.
“When terrorists see Nigerians turn against each other, it gives them a great morale boost. We must not lose sight of the fact that the terrorists are the real enemies.
“We encourage civil society groups to use their influence to encourage Nigerians to supply useful information to security services using the emergency number, 112.
“When a bomb detonates in Baghdad, Kabul, Afghanistan, the people there do not blame the government, they blame the terrorists.
“When a bomb blows up in Nigeria, we must all unite to fight the terrorists. This is the task of this generation. Our daughters must be freed to come home to their parents and loved ones so that they can return to school and continue their education.
“This is our fight. We must unite. The Federal government is united. “
Leader of the group was however not satisfied with the representation of the President and the response and she demanded for another neutral meeting with the President.