by Kolapo Olapoju
The wife of the Nigerian president, Dame Patience Jonathan, voiced her concern over the delay in the release of the abducted Chibok girls by members of the Islamic terrorist organization, Boko Haram.
During a meeting with the Nigerian community in Windhoek, Namibia, she said that the girls would be soon be released while also recognizing the efforts of security agencies in trying to bring the abducted girls back home.
“As a mother, I am very worried over the abduction of these girls; I share the pains of the mothers whose children were abducted,” she said. “We women of Nigeria, we have fasted and prayed that wherever they are, they will be released safely and that God will touch the minds of members of the sect.
“We need to support our security forces, because if our soldiers can go to Mali, Somalia, Liberia and fight and conquer, then they will conquer Boko Haram soon.”
Jonathan enjoined Nigerians in Diaspora to support government and the military as they try to find a lasting solution to the menace of insurgency across the country especially in the North east. She also pleaded for patience on the part of Nigerians with the government as it continues to strive to rescue the kidnapped girls.
She said, “Nigerians should project their country positively so that investors can come in and bring development. We have never seen such terrorism before, we had civil war, but with this current situation, it is not a situation where you can come face to face with your enemy. Nigerians are peace loving people, and it’s rather unfortunate today that terrorism has been introduced into our country.”
“We are the giant of Africa, if other countries in the continent have problems; they run to us for help, then why don’t we believe in ourselves that we will conquer this insurgency?” she added. “We have to be united in fighting it; terrorism is not one man’s war, it is a collective effort because when other country are faced with similar situation, they come together to fight it.”