President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that Nigeria’s armed forces and security agencies will sustain and intensify ongoing operations against insurgents in the country’s north-eastern states to achieve significantly improved security there ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The pledge was made in Abuja on Monday when he received the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Uriel Palti, a presidential statement said.
Mr. Jonathan further told the ambassador Nigeria will continue to work with neighboring countries for the effective implementation of the regional security arrangements concluded recently to enhance multilateral cooperation against extremism, terrorism, insurgency and other cross-border crimes.
The President told the Israeli Ambassador that the Federal Government was actively and progressively enhancing the ability of Nigeria’s armed forces and security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists and insurgents, promising that the positive effects of steps taken by his administration in this regard will become increasingly apparent very soon.
Mr. Palti conveyed to President Jonathan and the people of Nigeria the condolences of the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the loss of lives in recent terrorist attacks, and also thanked him for his recent visits to Israel.