President promises security shake up

President Goodluck Jonathan last night promised a shake-up in the security system as part of his efforts to check the spate of bombings in the country. He promised that since the expectations of the people from government was for it to do more, he would surely “do more” to contain the situation. He spoke when the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, visited him to brief him on the position of CAN on the Christmas Day blasts. Jonathan pleaded with both Muslims and Christian leaders to close ranks and with the cooperation of all Nigerians, the menace which has been on the increase globally would be contained “as good will prevail over evil”. In a position paper read by Oritsejafor, CAN said Christians had been silent for long over the bombings, and that the situation, rather than abetting, was worsening with places of Christian worship being targets. He said over 50 worshippers were killed in the attacks in Jos, Madalla and Yobe states on Christmas eve. CAN also expressed displeasure at the response of Muslim organisations “which never came out to condemn the attacks”, and warned that should there be further provocative attacks, they would have no option than to retaliate. A radical Islamic sect, Boko haram, has claimed reportedly responsibility for the coordinated Christmas day attacks on churches which killed several dozen persons.


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