President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that the terrorists activities and their evil intentions will not succeed in Nigeria.
He made the remark during a nationwide broadcast to mark the 2014 Independence Day.
Stressing that every thing will be done by his administration to check the onslaught of the terrorists, he urged insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Jonathan, who said that Nigeria is still in sober mood due to the activities of terrorist elements in the country, said that his administration has recorded giant strides in various sectors of the economy.
As the 2015 elections are fast approaching, the President used the occasion to appeal to politicians in the country to put the love of the country first in all they do.
He disclosed that he has started work on the recommendations of the National Conference through a committee set up for the purpose.
“On an occasion like this, it is important that we remember all the precious souls that have been lost in the unprecedented war of terror unleashed on some parts of our country by these individuals who want to compel us to live our lives their way. They will not succeed!
“In their mission, they have maimed and raped. They have killed men, women and children, rendering many children orphans and several women widows. They have made violence their ideology and are bent on destroying our country. Dear countrymen and women, we will not allow them.
“Night after night, day after day, our security forces continue to engage the terrorists in battle. My gratitude goes out to our armed forces whose will has been greatly challenged by this insurgency more than any other time, since the civil war.
“Yet, they have remained undaunted and unwearied in the face of constant challenge and mortal danger. Driven by patriotic zeal, they are turning the tide by their prowess and determination. As Commander-in-Chief, I will continue to do all it takes to enable them to keep on inflicting devastating blows at the heart of terror. Fellow Nigerians, it is our collective duty as patriots to avail our men and women in uniform of all the support they need to fight and win this war.
“This Administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of our places of birth, how we worship God and our political persuasion. To all those waging war against our country, I ask that you lay down your arms and embrace peace, ” Jonathan stated.