PRESS RELEASE Date: 12/05/2014
Boko Haram cannot and must not be allowed to keep the country and Nigerians on hold: A joint Statement on Security Challenges in Nigeria by Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Germany and Concerned Nigerians Germany
We wish to express our profound outrage and condemn in the strongest terms the twin bombing at Nyanya in Abuja suburb that claimed the lives of scores of person, the abduction of more than 200 school girls on April 14 in the north-eastern town of Chibook and other senseless and evil onslaught against innocent and defenseless citizens by the radical Islamist Sect Boko Haram whose only mission seems to destroy the peace and harmony of the Nigerian state.
NIDO and the Concerned Nigerians in Germany e.V. are joining millions of Nigerians and friends of Nigerians worldwide to denounce this despicable act.
We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to make it an urgent state priority to locate, rescue and re-unite the girls with their families unhurt.
The kidnapping of these school girls is part of an intentional and organized campaign to close schools in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. We commend the Federal Government of Nigeria for the candidness and boldness in asking for international assistance to help in the rescue operation and we strongly welcome the offer of military support from the United States, United Kingdom, France and others to the Nigerian government. Boko Haram is a terrorist organization with a global network that can only be defeated by a global coalition.
We appreciate the fact that fighting terrorism in any country is a complex and difficult enterprise. We are however, calling on President Jonathan to ensure that all the intelligence and security personnel and individuals that failed to provide timely, correct and adequate information that could have helped in the early resolution of the crisis are held accountable as soon as possible. We also call on the federal government to act decisively with individuals that continue to threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria promising to make it ungovernable. No single individual is bigger than the country and it is time to be resolute.
NIDO Germany and concerned Nigerians e.V. also expresses disappointment that the federal Government of Germany, particularly Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier so far has failed to publicly express condolence and solidarity with the people of Nigeria at this unfortunate incident. It is not too late for the Government of Germany to join the international community in the effort to find the abducted school girls in Borno State, Nigeria.
We encourage the federal Government of Nigeria to continue with the business of Governance with a renewed impetus. Boko Haram cannot and must not be allowed to keep the country and Nigerians on hold.
Long Live The Fed. Republic of Nigeria
Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, President NIDO Germany
Chuks Lewis Ehiwario, President The Concerned Nigerians Germany e.V.