President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Paris, France explained that it was not necessary for him to visit Chibok, Borno State.
He said that visiting the town would not lead to the release of the over 200 school girls abducted last month by Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School,Chubok.
He said his main interest was to locate and rescue the girls.
He spoke at a press conference held at Elysee Palace,Paris at the close of the regional summit on security in Nigeria.
The President explained that he was not averse to visiting bomb explosion sites, as he had done so in the past.
He said, “These girls are not held in Chibok. Sometime, people want the President to go to Chibok. If the President goes to Chibok today, it does not solve any problem.
“The problem facing the President and indeed the Nigerian Government is how to get these girls from wherever they are.”
Jonathan said the service chiefs had since visited the area, adding that the emphasis now was on the rescue of the girls abducted over a month ago.
The President assured that the military were being trained to develop the necessary capacity to adequately deal with the terror threat.
He said that there were challenges in containing the insurgents because terrorism was a relatively new phenomenon in the country.
He defended the military saying allegation of misappropriation of funds against the military was exaggerated.
West African leaders at the meeting agreed to wage a total war against Boko Haram.
The USA,UK,EU and France all of which were represented at the meeting pledged their support.
“Today we’ve decided on a plan of regional and global action that is medium and long term,” French President François Hollande told reporters after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and other West African leaders as well as US,UK and EU delegations on plan to rescue the over 200 school girls abducted in Borno State by the sect last month.
The plan, Mr. Hollande said, calls for Western powers to cooperate with Nigeria and neighbouring countries in surveillance and patrols along Nigeria’s borders.
Western powers with sophisticated intelligence-gathering capabilities have also agreed to share some of their information with Nigeria, Mr. Hollande said without elaborating.
The summit also resolved to support ” human rights and particularly the protection of girls who are victims of violence and forced marriage or threatened with slavery.”
Accordingly Nigeria and its neighbours will “build analysis and response capabilities that will contribute to enhancing the security of all populations and the rule of law in the areas affected by Boko Haram’s terrorist acts,” and will immediately proceed to
• Implement coordinated patrols with the aim of combating Boko Haram and locating the missing school girls;
•Establish a system to pool intelligence in order to support this operation;
• Establish mechanisms for information exchange on trafficking of weapons and bolster measures to secure weapons stockpiles; and
• Establish mechanisms for border surveillance.
At multilateral level, the summit agreed to establish an intelligence pooling unit and create a dedicated team to identify means of implementation and draw up, during a second phase, a regional counter-terrorism strategy in the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
President Jonathan said he was “totally committed” to finding the schoolgirls who had been taken hostage by Boko Haram.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby echoing the sentiments at the meeting said they were all ready to wage war against Boko Haram.
“There is determination to tackle this situation head on … to launch a war, a total war on Boko Haram,” he said.
A follow up meeting will be hosted by UK next month.
Source: The Nation