Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nigeria Moving to Confront Boko Haram Terrorism

VOA News
17 November 2011

Scott Stearns
A Nigerian soldier secures the area at the United Nation's office following a suicide car bomb attack in Abuja, Nigeria, Aug. 27, 2011. (file photo) .Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says the military is moving to fight and defeat what he calls the evil of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram.  The sect is being blamed for more than 100 deaths across the northern states of the country this month. A presidential committee named to open talks with the group says there should be less confrontation and more dialogue.
President Jonathan says Boko Haram attacks are a “temporary setback” testing the nation's character and should deter neither Nigerians nor foreign investors.

"Anybody who does not want to come and invest in Nigeria now because of this instance of Boko Haram will really regret it," he said.

The president told foreign investors in Abuja that he is initiating a "rapid and robust" military response to combat the Boko Haram threat.

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