President of the Senate, David Mark, has described the Boko Haram sect that claimed responsibility for Friday’s coordinated bomb attacks on Kano city as “ungodly.”
Mr. Mark, in a statement on Saturday, condemned the explosions that rocked Nigeria’s second largest city, mainly targeting government security institutions.
The attackers razed eight police stations and other security offices in a simultaneous attack that has been described as the most brazen by the sect.
The shadowy sect has for over two years beaten Nigerian security, unleashing deadly attacks on government facilities and churches in northern Nigeria. Independent groups place number of casualties resulting from the sect’s attacks since 2010 at over one thousand.
Last year, the sect, now heavily armed, extended its attack territory beyond its far North-east base in Maiduguri to Abuja, the nation’s capital city, successfully detonating a suicide bomb in the country’s police headquarters and the United Nation’s head office in Abuja.
The sect claimed in a leaflet circulated in Kano City after the Friday attack, that they were on a retaliatory mission against Nigerian authorities for hunting down its members.
The sect’s menace is locally believed to be motivated by a mix of politics and religion, fuelled by the government’s lack of political will to tackle it head on.
Recently, the government declared partial state of emergency in areas prone to the sect’s attack, handing the military authority over the areas.
The government also announced the closure of its borders with Chad and Niger Republic along the affected areas, blaming those governments for allowing militias infiltrate Nigeria.
However, days later, the police bungled a vital investigation into the sect’s activities after the sect’s kingpin, Kabiru Sokoto, arrested in Borno state governor’s lodge in Abuja, escaped from custody while being transported to his residence for investigation.
“The government is insincere and lacks the political will to stop Boko Haram,” Ugbane Itodo, a lawyer said.
Many Nigerians share in Mr Itodo’s sentiments. Helpless, Nigerians are turning to God for divine assistance in dealing with the issue.
The senate president is also pleading with members of Boko Haram “to sheath their swords in the corporate interest of the nation and Nigerians.”