Friday, September 2, 2011

We now know bombers, sponsors –FG • They’ll be arrested soon

The Federal Government has sensationally disclosed that it now has strong evidence on the identity of those involved in the recurrent bomb attacks across the country.  Following this, President Goodluck Jonathan has given an express order to security agencies to go after these terrorists and their sponsors, sating that they were testing his resolve to deal decisively with them.

Speaking, in Abuja, yesterday, while launching the new national driver’s license and number plates, facilitated by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Jonathan expressed regrets that since October 1, 2010, terrorists group have consistently detonated bombs in parts of the country and inflicted the nation and its citizens with undeserved and untold sufferings, pains and sorrows.

He said he was provoked by the last week Friday’s bombing of the United Nations House in Abuja, and has, therefore, resolved to place the terrorists and their sponsors where they belong.

Consequent upon this, Jonathan said he had already mapped out strategies and was turning the edge of his sword to crush all those who have sworn to destabilise and divide the nation under his leadership.

 Said Jonathan: “Today’s launch has acquired greatest significance, following last Friday’s unprovoked attack, which led to the loss of lives and has left, in history, gory images for the threat terrorism now poses to the peace and security of our nation and the safety of our citizens. Since the last bombing and the October1, 2010, I had directed the hastening of efforts to build a credible database of drivers and vehicles in order to improve public safety. The importance of this project is reaffirmed by the consistence use of vehicles in the conduct of the recent bombing episodes.

 “Let me use this occasion to reassure Nigerians and members of the international communities that we now have strong links as to those involved in this terror war on Nigeria and Nigerians. I have directed security operatives to go after them, no matter where they may be hiding. Also, I am using this opportunity to warn that those who choose to hide under our new freedom to perpetrate evil against our people shall have no hiding place. This administration is fully determined and able to deal with all threats and agents of instability, who continue to test the resolve of our nation and its democratic institutions and leadership.

 “As president and chief security officer of the nation, I will employ every means and instrument at my disposal to secure this nation against forces of evil, which seeks to divide and sabotage our country. There shall be no sacred cows in our efforts to expose, contain and defeat this network of terror and its sponsors. I’ve directed a review of our national security architecture to lay its emphasise on intelligence and citizens’ participation in security surveillance.

 “It is in this regard that government is pleased that the Federal Road Safety Corps has delivered on its promise to introduce a credible driver’s license that meets international standard. This is a positive development, which demonstrates Federal Road Safety Corps’ commitment to the government’s transformation agenda.”

With the provision made for diplomatic driver’s licence and number plates in the new plan, President Jonathan said this would help to keep the vehicles and driver’s identity in check to ensure that they are not used to terrorise the country.
 Said he: “The international dimension of driver’s licence and number plates imposes on us, as a country, the need to ensure that they are not used as instruments of terrorism.”

Reassuring everyone that terror groups would be defeated in the country, the president said his administration would spare no effort or resource in containing this latest threat to the unity and stability of the nation.
Jonathan urged that everyone must stand together against terror in its destructive manifestations.
“We are in touch with all international agencies involved in the global war against terror. We will work in tandem with all organisations and partners towards a timely and eventual contending and defeat of terror and their sponsors in our land,” the President stated.

Expressing joy at the new and standard driver’s licence and number plates, he said these marked the beginning of a new era, as these would not only restore the integrity of the driver’s licence but also provide the nation with a credible database of drivers and vehicles.
The president directed the immediate implementation of the driving school standardisation programme, where only accredited driving schools must sponsor all fresh applicants for driver’s license, ordering also for a new regulatory regime of mandatory test and continuous driver’s training for commercial drivers.

 He assured the FRSC of total support in ensuring that enforcement of road traffic rules, “does not exempt or accord any undue respect to positions, ranks and status of any selected group of road users. I will, therefore, like to see greater enforcement on indiscriminate use of siren by unauthourised persons on our roads and removal of tankers and trailers that are indiscriminately parked, to obstruct the roads. The corps marshal and chief executive should come out with action plans in conjunction with other stakeholders by ensuring that adequate parks are provided for trailers and tankers on our highways nationwide.”

President Jonathan promised that government would continue to support the FRSC in its quest to sustain the decline in road crashes and injuries in order to achieve the objective of the Accra declaration of reducing road crash fatalities by 50 per cent by 2015 and also, the UN decade of action on road safety 2011 to 2020, which hopes to make Nigeria’s roads to rank among the world’s 20 safest roads by the year 2020.

While launching the new drivers licence and number plates to the glory of God for the safety of all road users and promotion of national security the president appealed to all to be resolute in their support for the FRSC in their quest to reform motor vehicles administration in the country for our collective good.