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Jonathan Promises Improved Security in North-East before 2015 Polls

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to combat the raging insecurity in the North east region of the nation and ensure improved security before the coming 2015 general elections.

The President made the promise while receiving the Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, Uriel Palti, on Monday.

Jonathan informed the ambassador that Nigeria will continue to liaise with neighboring countries for the effective implementation of the regional security arrangements concluded recently to enhance multilateral cooperation against extremism, terrorism, insurgency and other cross-border crimes.

The President also said that the federal government was progressively enhancing the ability of Nigeria’s armed forces and security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists and insurgents, promising that the positive effects of steps taken by his administration in this regard will become increasingly apparent very soon.

Palti conveyed to President Jonathan and the people of Nigeria the condolences of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on the loss of lives in recent terrorist attacks, thanking him also for his recent visits to Israel.

In a related development, President Jonathan yesterday at the inauguration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Presidential Villa held in honour of fallen valiant members of the armed forces, directed that ministers, government officials and visitors to Aso Rock are to compulsorily wear the Armed Forces Remembrance emblem for one month.

The president’s directive implies that ministers, government officials and visitors will not have entry privileges into the Presidential Villa without wearing the emblem till January 15, next year during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Jonathan stated that wearing the emblem was a sign of solidarity for those who died in the course of serving their fatherland, even as he saluted the courage of the armed forces in defending the sovereignty of the country and maintaining peace and security.

The president implored Nigerians and private organisations to donate generously to the launch of the emblem as a sign of appreciation for the sacrifice made by fallen heroes, as well as encouraging those still in the service.

He also directed his Chief of Staff, Jones Arogbofa, to compile the list of those who failed to redeem their pledges to the Nigerian Legion during the inauguration of the emblem last year and ensure that about N75million outstanding pledges are redeemed.

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Businessman Jimoh Ibrahim donated N30 million and 10 vehicles to Nigerian legions at the event.

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