Jonathan Writes British, Italian Prime Ministers On Killing Of Their Citizens In Nigeria..insists Boko Haram did it

President Goodluck Jonathan has once again written to British and Italian Prime Ministers commiserating with the families,peoples and governments of the Europeans over the killing of their citizens in Nigeria . A press release today by Reuben Abati, the presidential spokesman said insisted the hostages were  killed by “their Boko Haram captors in Sokoto State”. The statement from the presidency came after the militant sect had told reporters that it had nothing to do with the kidnap and killing of the Europeans. Newsdiaryonline  exclusively reported Boko Haram’s denial of involvement yesterday before the group’s chat with Journalists hit the newsstands today reinforcing their denial.

Abati ,special adviser to the President ( Media & Publicity) said today  that : Further to his statement last Thursday condemning the unfortunate killing of Chris McManus, a British citizen and Franco Lamorina, an Italian, by their Boko Haram captors in Sokoto State, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ,yesterday ,formally commiserated with the families, people and governments of both Europeans.

In two separate letters of condolence to David Cameron and Mario Monti, the Prime Ministers of Britain and Italy respectively which were delivered through diplomatic channels, President Jonathan said that the hearts of the people and government of Nigeria go out to the members of the immediate families of the victims in their moment of grief, while praying that “Almighty God imbues them with the fortitude to cope with this painful tragedy.”

President Jonathan also assured the leaders of both countries that “the Nigerian Government remains resolutely committed to facing up squarely to the challenge of terrorism on our shores and in the international community.”

While describing as “invaluable” the cooperation the Nigerian Government had enjoyed from both Prime Ministers in the fight against terrorism in the country, the President expressed the belief that as “we join forces with the rest of the world in frontally confronting the menace of terrorism in all ramifications,” the special relations and strong ties that exist among the three nations “can only grow deeper and stronger.”

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