"These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten its territorial integrity," said President Jonathan in a live broadcast Tuesday night. "As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this."
The president said the terrorist activities were a "threat to Nigeria's national unity" and a "systematic effort" to destabilize the country.
It could be recalled that the boko haram insurgency which started in 2010 is operating mainly in the northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram and splinter groups have staged numerous terrorist attacks on security forces and civilians, in which at least 1,600 people were killed.