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Goodluck Jonathan should ‘step up or quit’

HEARTBREAK: An unnamed mother cries for her kidnapped daughter during a protest

FURIOUS CAMPAIGNERS who want to see the safe return of the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls have called for President Goodluck Jonathan to step down.

The Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) challenged Jonathan to “step up or quit” office if he is unable to effectively deal with terrorist group Boko Haram, who have claimed responsibility.

In a statement, executive director Bukola Oreofe said: “Unfortunately, the Jonathan administration has failed in its fundamental duty of protecting life and property of the citizens.

“Despite the trillions of naira purportedly spent on security and combating the menace of this murderous group, what we have seen is the widening area of control, increase in scale and depth of their murderous activities while we have a Commander-in-Chief who wears this toga of office with demonstrable incompetence.”

More than 270 girls were taken from a boarding school in Chibok in a remote corner of Nigeria on April 14. They are yet to be returned, and are facing being sold into slavery.

On May 17, UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague attended a Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria. He said: “The measures agreed today are an important step in bringing the region together in the fight against Boko Haram, and the UK will play our full part in supporting them. 

“Today’s summit sent a powerful signal: the region is united against Boko Haram and against terrorism in all its forms.” 

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