ABUJA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The recent abduction of teenage girls in the northeast region of Nigeria will mark the end of terrorism in the West African country, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday.
Jonathan made the statement in a speech delivered at the opening of the plenary sessions of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa.
"In fact, by your presence here in Nigeria at this time, you have already supported us to win the war against terror. If you had refused to come because of fear, the terrorists would have jubilated and even have committed more havoc. But your coming here to support us morally is a major blow on the terrorists and we will conquer the terrorists," Jonathan told delegates of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja.
"I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of end to terror in Nigeria," he added.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, the Nigerian leader said very soon his government would unravel the mystery surrounding the abduction of the school girls, particularly with the foreign aids and investment Nigeria has started receiving since the incident occurred mid-April.
He expressed confidence that terrorism will not bring governance to a standstill in the West African country, Africa and the entire world. According to him, terrorism is among the greatest security challenges plaguing Africa's most populous country for now.
"The terror will not stop the world from moving. The terror will not stop Africa from moving. Terror will not stop Nigeria from moving," he added.
In a video clip released on Monday, Boko Haram said its members were behind the mid-April kidnapping of school girls in Chibok Town, an incident which sparked outrage locally and internationally.
During a periodic media chat on Sunday, Jonathan had dismissed news that the government was negotiating with the insurgents to secure the release of the abducted school girls. "The government cannot negotiate with faceless people," said Jonathan, while reassuring parents, guardians and all Nigerians that government would rescue all the abducted girls.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is plagued by the insurgency of Boko Haram, a sect which seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution.