President Goodluck Jonathan will not put the lives of schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno, at risk by publicly revealing details of efforts to rescue them just to satisfy his critics.
Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, who made the remark in Abuja on Tuesday, added that Nigeria was aggressively
confronting the threat of the terrorist group.
In a letter to Washington Post, Abati described an op-ed published by the
newspaper on July 3 on the issue as incorrect.
The presidential spokesman said Jonathan had been actively engaged in efforts to rescue the more than 200 girls
abducted in April by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
He debunked the claim that “Jonathan has a do-nothing” attitude toward rescuing
“This is not different from what was written about President Obama’s decision not to disclose his efforts to seize and arrest the alleged ringleader of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.’’
Four Americans were killed in the Benghazi attack.
Abati added that the president was engaged in international intelligence-sharing involving West Africa, Europe and
the United States, and he had also launched Counter Terrorism Centre in Nigeria.
“He has been working intensely on the very challenging situation posed by Boko Haram since assuming office, including declaring a state of emergency in May 2013 in the three most affected northern states.’’