Nigeria is Winning War against Terrorism, Says Concerned Nigerian Women

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A group, the Concerned Nigerian Women has said that Nigeria is winning the war on terrorism.
The group made this known on the sidelines of the ongoing Commission on the Status of Women meeting tagged Beijing +20 conference in New York on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting which began on March 8 is expected to end on March 22.
Amb. Kema Chikwe, who spoke on behalf of the group, urged women to ignore the Nigerian campaigners of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), alleging that they benefitted from the tears of the victims’ mothers.
Chikwe, who acknowledged the security challenge in the country, said President Goodluck Jonathan was determined to save the lives of all Nigerians and to win the war against terrorism.
“He has reinforced the capacity of the Nigerian Army and success is being recorded. Nigeria is now winning the war and contains the terrorist impact.
“The Nigerian Army is now better equipped and tension is dousing. The president recently visited the recovered towns and his interaction with the soldiers in those areas was a motivating force.
“It is also important to state that the president has appealed to the international community and neighbouring countries to establish a united front against terror in Nigeria.
“The cooperation of some of these foreign countries is yielding results daily and some residents of the troubled areas are returning home,’’ Chikwe said.
She expressed regrets that in spite of these successful efforts, opposition parties had politicised security issues in the country.
“The campaign for the rescue of these girls has been bastardised and commercialised by their sympathisers.
“Three days ago, at the prelude to the opening of Beijing +20 conference, an APC sponsored group staged a show in New York.
“Sadly, the group expressed the tears and pains in the hearts of not only Chibok and Nigerian mothers, but mothers all over the world to make selfish political and economic gains.
“We must rise against this propaganda and tell them enough is enough,’’ she said.
Chikwe said the tears of the mothers should not be politicised as terrorism was now a global issue.
“The world now has to call to order or ignore the Nigerian campaigners of BBOG who benefit from the tears and pain of not only Nigerian mothers but mothers all over the world.
“Recently, three 15-year-old students secretly left the UK to join ISIS. Mothers are heartbroken, terrorists are breaking our hearts.
“Women must be united not on propaganda and media frenzy but on genuine action against terrorism all over the world.’’
She said as the world marks the International Women’s Day, the focus should be “Release Our Girls, Free our Women, Save our Sons, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda is a Reality, and Nigeria is Winning the War Against Terrorism.
Also, the Nigeria’s Permanent Representative in the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu, urged all parties involved to embrace peace as “there can be no development with insecurity’’
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, chronicled the achievement of Jonathan calling him “the most gender-friendly president since independence.
“No president has come out to empower women like this administration, no country can develop without carrying along the womenfolk and it is the women that drive the economy of Nigeria,’’ Maina said.
Also, the wife of Cross River Governor, Mrs Obioma Imoke, said that “our heart bleeds when they politicise insurgency because of cheap popularity, please mothers unite and fight against terrorism’’.
Hajiya Inna Ciroma, the Acting Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority, called on the international community to come to Nigeria’s aid to fight insurgency.
“I come from the North-East, Boko Haram started as a joke in 2009 when the incumbent president was vice-president, now they have linked up with ISIS and that is dangerous.
“They have sophisticated weapons that are not produced in Nigeria. So, we are calling on the international community to come to our aid,’’ Ciroma said.
The Director-General, National Council for Women Development, Ms Onyeka Onwenu, said their mission in New York was to give a clearer picture of what the government was doing to curb violence.
“People need to have a better understanding of what our government is doing to curb violence; we thank the president on the recent efforts they have made; we are winning the war against these terrorists.
“They are being routed, land is being taken from them, communities are restored and people are going back to those communities.
“People are saying bring back our girls, we’re talking, release our girls, free our boys, who are being conscripted.
“We’re calling on the women of the World to work together with us, to stand together and fight these ills,’’ Onwenu said.
The President of the National Council for Women Societies, Mrs Nkechi Mba, also said “we as women are always more affected.
“We should stand united against terrorism and support the president to eradicate it.’’
Dr Rabi Ibrahim, National President of the Women for Change Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, said that the Internally Displaced Persons Camps were populated by women and children.
“We as women must not tolerate this any longer, violence affects us more. It slows development and traumatises families.
“Some of the children affected by the violence say they will not go back to school, it is sad. We must shun politics and together fight insurgency,’’ Ibrahim said.

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