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ICC Note: Just eight days before competing for a second term in the Nigerian presidential election, Goodluck Jonathan says the military will find the 219 girls kidnapped from Chibok nearly one year ago.  He says the military is still yet to turn up dead girls, which suggests to him that they are still alive. Jonathan boasts of recent military gains in taking back territory from Boko Haram insurgents as momentum towards eventually finding the girls.


3/20/2015 Nigeria (BBC) – President Jonathan on Boko Haram:

“I’m very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories that hitherto have been in [Boko Haram’s] hands.”

“We never expected that [Boko Haram] will build up that kind of capacity. We under-rated their external influence. Since after the civil war we’ve not fought any war, we don’t manufacture weapons, so we had to look for help to re-equip our army and the air force.”

On the 219 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok:

“We have not seen dead girls, that is the good news. I believe they are still alive, I believe we will get them.”

On the election:

“I will surely win it… My party is still the strongest party.”

On violence during his presidency:

“Whatever goes wrong, I accept. Whatever goes right, I take the glory.”

“Whenever I hear that somebody dies in Nigeria… I feel pain, because they are all Nigerians.”

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