Nigeria in trying moment, says Jonathan
30 April 2013, 10:36
Abuja - Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is currently
going through "a trying moment", President Goodluck Jonathan said
Monday while launching seven new police helicopters.
"This is quite a trying moment for this country in
terms of security," Jonathan said during the launch of the helicopters as
well as 17 armoured personnel carriers and 20 patrol vehicles.
Nigeria is battling a raft of security challenges including
an Islamist insurgency, piracy and frequent kidnappings of foreigners as well
"We have challenges from the south to the north, from
the east to the west," Jonathan said.
The Boko Haram Islamist insurgency is estimated to have cost
more than 3 000 lives since 2009, including deaths caused by the security
Last Thursday, pirates stormed a cargo ship off Nigeria's
oil-producing southern coast, kidnapping five foreign sailors and stealing
cash, a watchdog and a security source said Monday.
The International Maritime Bureau said "14 heavily
armed pirates" boarded the vessel 45 nautical miles off the Nigerian town
The Gulf of Guinea, which includes the waters off Benin,
Nigeria and Togo, is as emerging piracy hub, where the number of attacks has
risen for three consecutive years.
Kidnapped foreigners are often released following a ransom
The pirates have also stolen crude oil from ships servicing
Nigeria's oil industry, the world's eighth largest.