Mike Omeri, the National Information Centre Coordinator on June 2, 2014, Wednesday, said that the current security challenges being experienced in the country would end before the 2015 general elections.
According to Punch, the Coordinator, who made this known in Abuja during a briefing on the security challenges facing the country, assured that all measures were being exploited by the government towards rescuing the kidnapped Chibok girls as well as to ensure peace across the country.
* Mike Omeri
“We have not reached election period yet and all efforts now are essentially geared towards rescuing our Chibok girls and finding peace in the land. At the rate we are going, our challenge will be overcome before the elections,” Omeri said.
Omeri, who is also the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, revealed that he was very elated over the arrest of the alleged armourer of the Islamist sect, described it as a major boost to the war against insurgency as well as an effort to rescue the Chibok girls.
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Speaking on the explosion that occurred in Osun State on Tuesday, he said:
“We roundly condemn Tuesday’s acts of terrorism in Maiduguri, and to commend the prompt action of our security forces that rapidly secured the area in an effort to prevent further attacks on onlookers, particularly the Fire Service that displayed heroism by putting out the fire caused by the explosion, thereby preventing it from spreading into the market. Furthermore, Nigeria’s security forces have continued to make significant progress with active presence on the ground to combat the highly challenging and complex terrorist threat that currently exists as well as ensuring long term safety and security of the people and the nation. There was a report of a non-lethal explosion from an object, which was investigated by security agencies at Agbedegbede Street, Ile-Ife, Osun State. The outcome of the investigation indicated that the explosion was neither a bomb nor dynamite, but carbide. Neither the ground where the explosion occurred nor the building within the vicinity were affected by the explosion, just as no human life was lost, neither was plantain shrubs near it destroyed.”
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The NIC boss noted that the Federal Government appreciated the patience and support of Nigerians so far, especially regarding various efforts geared towards putting an end to the menace of Boko Haram in the country.
Meanwhile, the BringBackOurGirls group which comprised concerned well-meaning Nigerians who took to the street to protest the abduction of over 234 female students from Chibok by Boko Haram members, on Tuesday July 1, 2014 accused Omeri of lying to Nigerians about the true nature of the happenings in the North-eastern part of the country where members of the radical Islamist sect has been wrecking havoc almost on a daily basis.