The reprisal killings allegedly carried out by Christian youth on unsuspecting Muslims after bomb explosions in churches on Sunday have been described as criminal acts by Andrew Azazi, the National security adviser.
Mr. Azazi made the statements after a meeting, Tuesday, with Vice President, Namadi Sambo and other security chiefs at the Vice Presidents office.
“What you call reprisal doesn’t make sense to anybody. Somebody is killing somebody in Zaria and you are retaliating somewhere in Zonkwa; that’s criminality,” Mr. Azazi said.
The NSA, who briefed reporters after the meeting, confirmed that the meeting was called to find lasting solutions to the insecurity in the country. He condemned Sunday’s bombing of three churches in Kaduna and Zaria and the subsequent reprisal killings of innocent persons in Kaduna State.
Mr. Azazi explained that the situation in Kaduna had been brought under control following the intervention of security forces and religious leaders. He explained that citizens should be more pro-active in providing information to security agencies.
“In certain parts of the country today and I will give an example like Kano; they are more proactive. So, you find that you are able to arrest the situation before it gets to this level,” he said
The security chief however hinted that there was no end in sight for the continuous bombings and killings carried out by the terrorist group, Boko Haram
“Even a small country like Israel where you have terrorism in spite of all the walls, once in a while, they still succeed in detonating bombs,” Mr. Azazi rationalized.
The meeting, called at the instance of the Vice President, was also attended by the Chief of Defense Staff, Oluseyi Petirin; the Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika; the Chief of Naval Staff, Ola Ibrahim; the Chief of Air Staff, Muhammed Umar; and the Director-General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpeyong.