ABUJA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday called for a more robust global response to the scourge of terrorism.
The Nigerian leader said this after reviewing recent terrorism- related events in Algeria and northern Mali with the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew John Pocock.
President Jonathan said the whole world clearly needed to unite and do much more than before to contain terrorism with its very negative impact on global peace and security.
He also condemned Wednesday's kidnapping of British, French and other foreign workers at a gas facility in eastern Algeria by terrorists who claimed to be responding to France's intervention in Mali.
The president assured that Nigeria will continue to work hard with its partners in the international community to ensure that terrorism is vigorously rolled back across the world.
The Nigerian leader told Pocock that in furtherance of Nigeria' s commitment to the war against terrorism in West Africa, Nigerian troops were currently deploying to Mali to join up with the multinational force assembling there to restore northern Mali to the control of the Malian government.
Jonathan had earlier received the letters of credence of the first Ambassador of South Sudan to Nigeria, Parmena Mankuet Mangar. He assured Mangar that Nigeria will remain a strong advocate for peace between South Sudan and Sudan, and that the government will also give all possible developmental assistance to the new country.