Gowon Rates President Jonathan On War Against Terrorism

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retired) has given President Goodluck Jonathan a vote of confidence on his war against terrorism in the country.

The one time Head of State also urged all Nigerians to give their support to the Federal Government in its bid to tackle security challenges in the country.

Gowon, who made the statement on Friday in Lagos after chairing a dinner and award night organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), condemned the reports credited to some foreign media that President Jonathan was not doing enough to address insecurity.


 * Gen. Gowon hails President Jonathan’s fight against terrorism

“I can tell you this and I know this, the president is doing his best and do not listen to the sort of news you hear from foreign press talking as if the government is doing nothing.

“He is in consultation with the military chiefs, he is in consultation with all the governors and all the political parties to be able to join hands to deal with this problem,” said Gowon, who prosecuted the Nigerian civil war.

The elder statesman opined that the government needed time to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and bring the conflict to an end.

He buttressed his point with the fact that it took more than two and a half years for Nigeria to end the civil war.

The founder of a non-denominational religious group, Nigeria Prays, also advised political parties to stop trading blames or use the present situation in the country to their own advantage.

He told journalists present at the ceremony that it was their duty to ensure that the people understood the problems.

Some of the dignitaries that attended the event included, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips and former President of the Court of Appeal, retired Justice Ayo Salami and Prof. Akin Oyebode, a law teacher and former Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University.

Others were Mr Olutoyin Ayorinde, the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Femi Adesina, the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).

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