Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Murder Of 43 Yobe Students: Again, President Jonathan Promises

As pressure mounts on President Goodluck Jonathan over his government’s seeming disarray before the Boko Haram menace in the Northeast of Nigeria, the government on Tuesday announced the president had received, “with immense sadness and anguish,” reports of the latest murder of at least 43 students in Yobe State by the militants.
A presidency statement said Mr. Jonathan extended condolences to the grieving families of the murdered students.
In what has become standard and routine language, the statement said, “The President wholly condemns the heinous, brutal and mindless killing of the guiltless students by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality.
“He assures the nation that his administration will not relent in its ongoing efforts to end the scourge of terrorism in parts of the country which has sadly claimed more innocent lives today.”
It stated that the armed forces and other security agencies will continue to prosecute the war against terror with full vigour, diligence and determination until the dark cloud of mass murder and destruction of lives and property is permanently removed from our horizon.
Yobe is one of the three States that have been under emergency rule since May 2013. Long before then, the military and all the security agencies were present in those states under the Joint Task Force arrangement.  Despite and daring them all, as well as exploiting their weaknesses, the militants have simply continued their gruesome task of murdering both innocent civilians and heavily-armed troops, and making it look very easy.  

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