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CAN, ACF, Afenifere, others mourn victims

There was outrage on Tuesday over Monday’s bomb blast that killed, at 1east, 89 people at Nyanya Motor Park, Abuja.

Prominent Nigerians and groups, including the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, and its northern counterpart, the Arewa Consultative Forum, described the attack as inhuman.

Oritsejafor, in a statement, commended security agencies for their efforts to combat the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

He, however, said that the fifth columnists among them should be fished out and dismissed.

The CAN President also sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives, saying “God will not forsake them.”

He said, “As far as I am concerned, the perpetrators are not human beings and in my own opinion, when they finally die, their corpses should be given to pigs because they are on the same level with pigs.”

Also,  Afenifere, in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, condemned the bomb explosion.

Odumakin described it “a renewed widening of terror strikes in the country.”

He blamed it on the irresponsibility of the elite and politicians, who gave  “covert support for Boko Haram.”

Afenifere spokesman said that the attack was a continuation of the orgy of orchestrated violence in the northern part of Nigeria.

He said, “We cannot continue to pretend that our security agencies do not have a faint idea of the enablers and sponsors of terror in the land.

“The President at some point hinted that the terror machine had infiltrated critical sectors of government, while the Gaji Galmatiri report has also identified some elements that are linked with the gestation of the blood-letting terror group.”

Odumakin condemned the attitude that suggested that sections of the political elite  expressed covert support for Boko Haram because of the short-sighted view that the reign of terror would aid their desires to get political power.

On its part, the ACF, in a statement in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary of the organization, Alhaji Muhammad, described the attack as a ‘national calamity.’

The group called on the Federal Government to tackle the menace of terrorism in the country.

The forum expressed concern that even the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states could not stop terrorism in the country.

The northern group, 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 of 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 blast, insurgency and gunmen attacks, communal and religious clashes that have culminated into 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.”

It noted that attacks   by militants had become a daily affair with colossal loss of lives and property.

Also, the Northern States Governors’ Forum, on Tuesday, condemned the attack.

They said there was no basis for what the perpetrators did, adding that the loss of innocent lives, due to the explosion, was regrettable.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, expressed the forum’s deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

He said no grievance can justify such a dastardly act against defenceless citizens.

In a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum called for vigilance, emphasising that the issue of security should not be left to security agents alone.

“The issue of security should not be left to government alone. All hands must be on deck to stop the activities of terrorists, which have left hundreds of innocent Nigerians either dead or wounded,” the statement said.

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