Utmost Care Being Taken To Avoid Harming Civilians In Offensive Against Boko Haram- Pres. Jonathan Says

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A State House press release…
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Abuja that
utmost care was being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral
damage to the lives and properties of civilians as the military intensifies its
ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.
Speaking at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador
to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk, President Jonathan said that everything possible
was also being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the
theatre of operations in the North Eastern states.


“We are sticking to international best practices in
prosecuting the war against terrorism and doing our best to ensure that we
don’t have cases of human rights abuses in the North-East.

“We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated
previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for
political reasons.
“Our military has a reputation for discipline and we have
insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians in the
North-East.
“The purpose of the entire operation is to save our people
from the brutal tyranny of Boko Haram, so we cannot tolerate human rights
abuses or willfully impose further suffering on them,’’ President Jonathan
said.
The President also told Mr. Kyu-Duk that Nigeria’s entire
security architecture was being reviewed, restructured and strengthened to
ensure greater safety for Nigerians and foreign workers in all parts of the
country.
“We are inviting all our friends in the international
community, particularly those that are more technologically advanced, to
complement our efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country in which
our people and foreigners can live in peace and safety,” President Jonathan
told the new South Korean Ambassador.
The President urged Mr. Kyu-Duk and his Indonesian
counterpart, Mr. Harry Purwanto, who was also at the Presidential Villa to
present his letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of existing
trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their countries.
 The new ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving
them and assured him that they will do their best to promote stronger economic
and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria during their tenure
in Abuja.
Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)

March 3, 2015

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