President Goodluck Jonathan last night condemned the Suleja bomb attack.
He also directed all national security agencies to step up intelligence and surveillance operations across the country to thwart any further attempts by enemies of democracy to unleash politically-motivated violence on innocent Nigerians.
Already, one arrest has been made, though details were sketchy last night.
President Jonathan, according to a statement by his spokesman Ima Niboro condemned as “most deplorable, callous, cowardly and wicked, the attack which claimed some lives and injured several persons”.
The President condoled with the families of those who lost their lives and commiserated with all those receiving treatment for injuries inflicted on them.
Jonathan urged all Nigerians and lovers of democracy to remain strong and refuse to be cowed or intimidated by the actions of enemies of progress in the country who are behind the bomb attack at Suleija and general acts of criminal violence aimed at creating the impression that free, fair and violence-free elections are not possible in the country.
He assured Nigerians that his administration remained resolutely committed to ensuring that all eligible Nigerians have the opportunity to freely participate in the electoral process in safety.
Jonathan warned that government would not shirk its responsibilities.
The President noted with satisfaction that one person suspected of involvement in the attack is already in custody. He vowed that government would deal decisively with persons found culpable for electoral violence.
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