The world must stand together to win the war against terror: Nigeria

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Goodluck Jonathan

"Nigeria will spare no effort in addressing the global threat of terrorism."

That's what Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said in his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

President Jonathan acknowledged that the threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of the country has proven to be a challenge to national stability.

A state of emergency was declared in the area in May and the army was sent to fight the Boko Haram group, an Islamist movement fighting to impose Sharia law.

President Jonathan vowed to confront terrorism with every resource at Nigeria's disposal with due regard for fundamental human rights and the rule of law.

"The reign of terror anywhere in the world is an assault on our collective humanity. Three days ago, the stark reality of this menace was again brought to the fore by the dastardly terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. We must stand together to win this war together."

Piracy in Africa's coastal waters, like terrorism, the Nigerian President added, is "another menace" that has reached "worrisome" levels.

Nigeria has teamed up with neighbouring countries to mitigate its impact and consequences on the affected coastal states, he concluded.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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