The Northern Elders Council has declared support for President Goodluck Jonathan, the Armed Forces and other security agencies, in the fight against terrorism, especially efforts at rescuing the abducted girls.
Spokesman of the Council, Mr Yusuf Mamman, stated this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Mamman urged Nigerians to stop politicising terrorism, especially the recent abduction of some school girls in Chibok, Borno, saying Nigerians should shun sentiments in the fight against terrorism.
“We declare total and unequivocal support to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian Armed Forces as well as officers and men who are doing their best to rescue the abducted girls.
“We also want to commend our international partners who have lent support to Nigeria.
“We appreciate the fact that our international partners are keying in with the Nigerian security agencies to help solve this problem.
“We don’t want politics to be made out of the current situation. We should unite to fight this common enemy the same way Nigerians came together to fight for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation to have one Nigeria during the civil war.
“This is the same scenario with different circumstance,’’ he said.
He said instead of criticising security agencies, Nigerians should come up with ideas that would assist the agencies to do their duties effectively.
According to Mamman,“we need to support our military, the police and other security agencies’’.
“This is the major resolve of the Council. We do not believe that politics should be made out of the situation where the lives of our children are involved.
“The unity which this unfortunate tragedy has brought among Nigerians is devoid of politics, and we want to say, politics should take the back seat in the face of national tragedy.
“Whatever it takes to get these girls safe and alive is most paramount,” he said.