The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, the umbrella body of Islamic organisations in Northern Nigeria, has condemned the killing of several students of Government Secondary School, Mamudo, in Yobe state in an early morning raid on Sunday.
The JNI in a statement by its Secretary General, Khalid Abubakar, Monday, said it “received with consternation and bewilderment the senseless killings at Government Secondary School (GSS) Mamudo, some kilometers away from Potiskum, Yobe State, by yet-to-be-identified devilish criminals.”
The JNI said the “callous and barbaric attack is utterly condemnable in its totality, especially with the sacred month of Ramadan approaching”.
Calls for probe
The JNI also called for a probe of the incident and similar one carried out in the past.
“As in previous similar cases, the sporadic gun shots that ensued after setting the school ablaze is very worrisome and calls for practical investigation that must bring similar occurrence(s) to a final end, to forestall future occurrence,” it said.
It also said that with the state of emergency currently in place at Yobe State and the visible security checkpoints at every nook and cranny of the state, “it is hardly believable that such a dastardly act could still occur and the JNI is seriously perturbed by it”.
Question needing urgent answers
The Islamic organization also raised some questions it said needed to be answered, regarding the killings.
“How did the perpetrators gain access to the school? Who were they? Why were they not prevented or arrested? What was the motive behind such heinous act? Indeed there is much more than meets the eyes,” it said.
It also called on “governments at all levels to do everything possible as a matter of urgency to stop these evil acts of terror NOW, and restore the use of GSM in the affected states to facilitate security alert in a situation where insecurity, has wrecked unprecedented havoc against innocent citizens.”
Meanwhile, the JNI also commiserated with the families of the victims of that evil act and condoled with the parents and guardians who lost their wards in the misfortune.
“We pray the Almighty Allah, to grant the deceased forgiveness and mercy, while those that sustained injuries quick recovery” the statement said.
The statement also called on all Muslims to utilize the forthcoming Ramadan fasting period in praying fervently for the restoration of peace and security in Nigeria bearing in mind that without Nigeria there will be no Nigerians.
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