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Abuja bombing, a national calamity -ACF

Pan-northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Tuesday condemned the bomb blast in Nyanya, a satellite town of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, describing it as a ‘national calamity.’

The National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, in a statement in Kaduna,  said the Nyanya explosion was one in many incidents of terrorism in the country, calling on the Federal Government to use every position means to tackle the menace.

It lamented that the current security situation had put the region in a hopeless situation that had crippled the socio-economic life of the North.

The forum expressed concern that even the emergency rule in the North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe could not yield the desired goal and stop  the incidents of terror in the country.

The northern body, therefore, urged the government to decisively use all legitimate means and security apparatus to stop the insurgency that was gradually destroying the corporate existence of Nigeria as a nation.

The Forum also stressed the need for synergy between security operatives and the community for intelligence gathering as a way of combating the menace.

The ACF said, “The bomb blast that occurred in Nyanya town at the outskirts of Abuja FCT on Monday morning that killed hundred innocent people and injured many was a national calamity, a disservice to humanity and a great shock to the nation.

“In the last six years, Nigeria has experienced many cases of security challenges like bomb blasts, insurgency and gunmen attacks, communal and religious clashes that have culminated in huge loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of Naira.

“The present insecurity situation in the country especially in the Northern region has placed our people in a state of hopelessness and helplessness and crippled the socioeconomic activities of the region.

“The measures put in place by various levels of government including a state emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to combat the activities of insurgents and terrorists have not yielded the desired result. This is grave and worrisome considering the frequency of attacks which has become a daily affair with colossal loss of lives and property.

“ACF hereby condemns in strong term the senseless and inhuman act of terrorism being perpetrated by the insurgents and their collaborators against the Nigerian people especially the bomb blast at Nyanya, FCT where innocent people in pursuit of their legitimate means of livelihood were killed and injured.”

The body called on the sect to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue, noting that the killing of innocent Nigerians was never a solution to any injustice or perceived grievances.

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