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Goodluck Jonathan says Nigeria still safe

2012-04-19 18:02

Berlin - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on a visit to Germany on Thursday that Western investors had nothing to fear in his country despite warnings of fresh attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram.

Jonathan told reporters after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel that his country was "on top of" the threat posed by Boko Haram and that foreign companies should not be swayed by alarmist reports.

"Presently we have a local terrorist group codenamed Boko Haram. From some of the recent activities of this terrorist group it paints a very gloomy picture as if the whole country is in tatters," he said.

"What I can assure the global community and especially investors from Germany is that [the] government is working very hard and that we'll bring this under control. Rest assured that the government is on top of it and Nigeria is still safe for investment."

However Jonathan said oil-rich Nigeria needed assistance from foreign allies in developing "security infrastructure" to defuse the threat posed by militant groups.

He insisted the country had made great strides in good governance and conditions for foreign investment and pointed to the rapid growth in trade with Germany.

Germany imported €2.0bn worth of goods and services from Nigeria in 2010, according to the most recent official figures, and exported €1.1bn to Nigeria.

Jonathan and Merkel formally inaugurated a bilateral commission to boost investment in Nigeria and exports to Germany and the chancellor said Berlin was ready to offer assistance to fight the extremist threat.

"We agreed that the danger posed by Boko Haram must be averted," Merkel said.

"This is relevant for the people in Nigeria as well as for Nigeria's reputation abroad...And we will be helpful in whatever areas we can, whether in training or logistics."

The US embassy in Nigeria warned on Wednesday that Boko Haram may be planning attacks against hotels or other areas in Abuja, but the government sought to play down the concerns.

Boko Haram has carried out scores of attacks, mainly in Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north, that have killed more than 1 000 people since mid-2009 and authorities have appeared unable to stop the deadly campaign.

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 19:05

    Show me a statesman who as ever told a group of current/future investors that his country was not safe! I recall JZ saying the very same thing about a week ago. Just look at the headlines since....

      sbjtundde - 2012-04-19 19:19

      Oh please..he was adressing you anyway you have nothing to offer but make stupid comment,check the headline my foot...

      sbjtundde - 2012-04-19 19:19

      Oh please..he was adressing you anyway you have nothing to offer but make stupid comment,check the headline my foot...

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 19:54

      @sbjtundde - I did. I stand by my cynical response which encapsulates my disbelief. I do believe the Nigerian govt will do what they can to ward off this enemy, but given the escalation in recent weeks, I am no longer certain they will be successful. It's very hard to make lunatics go away. The usual means of dealing with protest and dissent don't seem to work any more. Anywhere in the world

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-19 19:54

      @sbjtundde - I did. I stand by my cynical response which encapsulates my disbelief. I do believe the Nigerian govt will do what they can to ward off this enemy, but given the escalation in recent weeks, I am no longer certain they will be successful. It's very hard to make lunatics go away. The usual means of dealing with protest and dissent don't seem to work any more. Anywhere in the world

  • Uchechukwu - 2012-04-19 19:31

    Wel wit God al things ar posible. Bt we must try to do our best bit fo ds kind of positive thinking and speaking by our presidant to work out. First we must take a look at islam wit critìcal observation, u wil agree wit me dat islam has brought no good to ds country, it has only brought burning of churches countles religious riots dat hav claimd so many innocent lives, corruption since d muslims hav bin in power d beter part of nigerias existance which hav brought shameful imprestions internationaly, and now d big one boko haram. The time to realize dat d problem of ths country is this 2faced evil and terrorist religion they cal islam enough is enough

      rebouren - 2012-05-08 21:37

      why people like u always put sentiment in what ever u are doing act like a real nigerian.

  • Uchechukwu - 2012-04-19 19:32

    Wel wit God al things ar posible. Bt we must try to do our best bit fo ds kind of positive thinking and speaking by our presidant to work out. First we must take a look at islam wit critìcal observation, u wil agree wit me dat islam has brought no good to ds country, it has only brought burning of churches countles religious riots dat hav claimd so many innocent lives, corruption since d muslims hav bin in power d beter part of nigerias existance which hav brought shameful imprestions internationaly, and now d big one boko haram. The time to realize dat d problem of ths country is this 2faced evil and terrorist religion they cal islam enough is enough

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