ASSURES OF $68 BILLION FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on Thursday said he has directed the military to lunch a full scale war on Boko Haram, adding that he is determined to protect democracy, national unity and political stability by declaring total war against terrorism.
“I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, by waging a total war against terrorism. The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable. I have instructed our security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil”, he said.
The President said he has also authorized the security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that this is done.
“I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will be driven away – it will not happen overnight, but we will spare no effort to achieve this goal”, he said and called on those who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists to inflict terrorism on Nigeria to embrace dialogue, adding that the doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation only if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.
He said that today Nigeria is facing an unconventional war by terrorists adding that the military is adjusting while they are being equipped to meet up with the new challenge.
“ They are adjusting and are being equipped to tackle the new menace of terrorism. We must show confidence in their ability. I have no doubt that, with the support of Nigerians, our neighbours and the international community, we will reinforce our defence, free our girls and rid Nigeria of terrorists”, he said.
He said Nigerian has made some progress in terms of infrastructural renewal, adding that Nigeria has also gained recognition as the largest economy in Africa, the most preferred investment destination in the continent and in terms of returns on investment, the fourth in the world.
“We are pleased that the world has noticed, as global leaders converged in Abuja early this month for the World Economic Forum in Africa. The event not only witnessed a record attendance, it brought the prospect of an additional flow of investment into the Nigerian economy estimated at over $68 billion over the next few years”, he said.