President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan admitted that his administration had hitherto been traeting terrorists in the country with kid gloves.
While speaking in Windhoek, Namibia, during a bilateral talk with President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Thursday, President Jonathan said his government had now decided to be more forceful in its approach because of its desire to stamp out terror groups from the country.
Jonathan told his Namibian counterpart that a terror attack on any part of the world is an attack on everyone, saying terrorism has become a global phenomenon though the intensity may vary from one country to the other.
He further stated that in Nigeria’s case terrorism was only being witnessed in only three North Eastern states out of the 36 of the federation. He said the Federal Government had resolved that it would not allow terrorism to continue to hinder economic growth in the affected states.
“Initially, we handle it (terrorism) with kid glove, but now we have decided to be a little more forceful because we must thrash out these terror groups. We must not allow it to continue to slow down economic growth in that part of the country,” Jonathan said.
“We must not allow it to continue to slow down economic growth in that part of the country.”
“With the terror attacks in that part of the country, the rest of the country feel it because Nigerians live everywhere.”
“In these other parts, there is always the fear that if you do not tackle it, it will infiltrate in these other parts.”
“We will work together to ensure that terror attack is stamped out globally and in Nigeria we are committed.”
Jonathan thanked Pohamba for his country’s support to Nigeria on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations.