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GEJ, Jega, Service Chiefs Meet

President Goodluck Jonathan has held a closed-door meeting with the heads of security agencies and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega over preparations for the upcoming general election rescheduled for March 28 and April 11.
The whereabouts of the over 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, were also uncertain as there was “No news for now”, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, who spoke to the Press after the meeting.
The meeting kicked off at about 11: 45am and was still on when Jega left around 2:42pm but in a brief chat with State House correspondents, he refused to give details of his presentation at the meeting, saying “I believe it went well”.
He also said preparations for the elections were going on well.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, who addressed State House correspondents after the meeting, said it reviewed the North East operations, particularly, in the last three weeks and renewed its confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces and commended them too.
“You know Yobe and Adamawa State have been liberated, completely, and we look forward to the reinstatement of structures of government and governance. I am also sure you know that in Borno State, out of the 27 Local Government Areas, we have three remaining to be liberated, Abadam, Kalabaldi and Gwoza, and we are optimistic that, with time, we will liberate them too”, he said.
How soon? I don’t know”, he added.
Asked whether the military would conclude its operations in the North East before the March 28 date for the polls, the Army Chief noted that “war is war”. “It is our wish and we pray God gives that to us, but war is war. War, sometimes, is not fought on some platforms of permutations”.
On the whereabouts of the over 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, Minimah said “No news for now. In all the liberated areas, we have also made enquiries, but, the truth is, when the terrorists are running away, they also run with their families, and those we have come in contact with, have not made any comments suggesting that the Chibok girls were there and taken away.

Prof. Attahiru Jega

Prof. Attahiru Jega

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