PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPEALS TO THE UN FOR RECONSTRUCTION INSTEAD OF MILITARY INTERVENTION
President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the United Nations to help Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of communities affected by terrorism instead of deploying an international force to combat Boko Haram.
The President stated this at an audience with the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily in Abuja.
He expressed the view that UN intervention in the country should not be based on Chapter 7 of the UN Charter which relates to military enforcement of peace.
The President added that Chapter 8 was robust enough to tackle insurgency in Nigeria and other African countries.
He also told the UN envoys that with the cooperation of neighbouring countries, the Nigerian military had already regained most of the territories seized by Boko Haram in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States.
The military, he said, had now commenced a final push to take the last stronghold of the insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
Boko Haram has killed more than 13, 000 civilians and displaced over 1.5 million over the years.