President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday dismissed reports that he is planning to sack the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Speaking at a presidential media chat on Wednesday, the President said he has not told anybody that he wants to remove the INEC boss.
“I appointed Jega and other national commissioners and I’m not planning to sack them,” he stated.
He also said 2015 general election will go ahead as planned irrespective of what happened in the ongoing security operation against the Boko Haram sect.
He restated his determination to conduct elections that will be acceptable to Nigerians and the international community.
On the elections, President Jonathan said the primary objective of the operation against the Boko Haram sect is to improve the security architecture in the northeast and not to completely wipe out the insurgents.
“In 2011, we had the Boko Haram and elections still took place. What we are saying is that, these times around there are several things we must do. We must make advances in our operations against the sect. We don’t need to wipe out Boko Haram before we conduct elections,” he stated.
On Chibok girls, the President assured that the girls would be rescued alive.
“We are hopeful more than before because of the cooperation in terms of security between Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Within a shortest possible time, the girls would be rescued alive and returned to their families.
“I don’t want to give a timeline, but I assure you the girls will be rescued alive,” he stated.