President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the decision of the London ministerial meeting on security in Nigeria and West Africa to operate a Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit is a welcome development.
The initiative will enhance the generation and sharing of information that is essential to curb terrorist activities.
The president equally lauded the establishment of a multi-national joint task force by Nigeria, Chad, Benin Republic, Niger Republic and Cameroun to enforce stricter border controls and prevent terrorists from having unrestricted access to their territories.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
The statement said: “The president believes that the implementation of the important decisions taken at the London meeting, supported by necessary technical expertise from Britain, the United States and France, will greatly boost his administration’s ongoing efforts to end the scourge of terrorism in Nigeria and make the country a much safer place for its citizens and residents.
“As his administration continues to vigorously explore options for rescuing the abducted Chibok College girls and enhance security in all parts of Nigeria, President Jonathan reaffirms the federal government’s commitment to working for faster progress on developmental, governance, education and gender issues in keeping with its multifaceted approach to dealing with the underlying causes of conflict and insecurity in parts of Nigeria.
“The president also endorses the agreement by all countries represented at the London meeting that their collective response to terrorism must show due regard for human rights.
“President Jonathan thanks the British government for the reaffirmation of its commitment to helping Nigeria and other West African countries to achieve faster development and ensure that social services and infrastructure are provided to those communities most affected by conflict and insecurity.
“He also welcomes Britain’s announced intention to expand its ongoing support for Nigeria’s efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.”