Nigerian President vows to empower the military
As Boko Haram continues to pose serious challenge for security forces, the Nigerian government has said it would continue to empower the military to carry out its constitutional responsibility to the fullest.
This was contained in a declaration from President Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend during the close of this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration held in the northern state of Kaduna.
In the message read by his Minister of State for Defense, Mrs. Olusola Obada, President Jonathan said he was pleased about ‘the combat readiness exhibited in both the equipment displayed and the physical state of the troops during the celebration.’
As WADR’s Abuja Correspondent Martins Martins reports, the Nigerian leader said the army had shown its commitment and professionalism, especially in the wake of the current security challenge bedeviling the nation.
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In another development, there was a weekend of bloodbath caused by communal violence in the north central Plateau, where an overnight curfew was enforce on Sunday, after two Nigerian politicians died during an attack on a funeral for more than two dozen people killed.
The two officials, a Senator from the ruling party, PDP in the area and a local official, had just attended a funeral for at least 37 killed earlier on Saturday.
The military said the funeral assault and Saturday's attacks on Christian villages near Jos, Plateau state capital were probably carried out by the same men.
Reports say Muslim herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group were blamed for the violence, but they denied any wrongdoing.