Senate says suicide bombings, a ploy to instigate religious war

The Senate on Tuesday said the increasing terrorist attacks on churches in the Northern part of the country are a ploy to throw Nigeria into a religious war.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Publicity, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said this while briefing newsmen after a closed-door session of the Senate.

Mr. Abaribe said the Senate is alarmed at the disturbing level of insecurity in the country, especially Sunday’s bombings and the reprisal attacks in Zaria and Kaduna.

He urged Nigerians not to succumb to the detractors who are bent on destabilising the country in a bid to achieve their selfish agenda.

“You are all aware of what happened, what transpired over the weekend and the fact that efforts are being made to plunge this country into a religious war.

“Senate agreed that this was merely an attempt to pitch Nigerians against each other and the Senate urges Nigerians not to fall for this odious attempt,’’ he said.

He said that Nigerians must support all measures by the Federal Government to protect the unity and stability of the country by exposing criminal elements within our communities.

Mr. Abaribe observed that in spite of the involvement of foreigners in the terrorist attacks, Nigerians should look inwards to combat the security challenges facing the country.

“The Senate also notes that there may be some foreign dimension to this but the Senate acknowledges that we must put our house in order.

“We do not believe that foreigners can have access into Nigeria if they don’t have Nigerians who are assisting them to do whatever they want to do,’’ he said.

Mr. Abaribe warned that no meaningful development can take place under an atmosphere of insecurity adding that the Senate is in support of steps taken by the government to tackle the worrisome security challenges threatening the country.

“The Senate supports all the actions that are being taken now by the Federal Government,” he said.

Mr. Abaribe assured that the Senate is determined to take all legislative actions necessary to protect Nigeria’s unity.

He said that the 2012 Senate retreat holding next week in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, has as its theme: ‘The National Assembly and National Security’ to underscore the importance of security.

The Senate at the end of the closed-door session, which lasted about four hours, stood down all items earlier listed for deliberations on the day’s Order Paper.


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  • Easy-E

    Well for the first time in ages, someone in government actually makes some sense about the cabal that is Nigeria today. I have always thought that there was a foreign element to the shit that Nigeria has turned into. We have people celebrating the killing of women and children in cold blood, we have people being bombed in their places of worship. But through all these, the power establishment in the North would have us believe that they know nothing. Maybe it is out of fear, tacit support for the aims of the insurrectionists, or outright support either moral or financial. Nigeria has bled because of these lot. We know our biggest fault is the corruption of our leaders and others that have been trusted with the national purse both in the past and present. But there is still avenue for redemption. If the Hausa man values the freedom they enjoy in being in Lagos among other Nigerians, if they have any stock in the nation state – Nigeria as a state irrespective of religion, then they must appreciate the clear sign on the wall – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    If Nigeria is torn apart by he selfish desires of the sectarian butchers, there will be no putting it back together. The South in general is not going to be Islamised any more than the North is going to be Christianized. I acknowledge that the Christian religion has been a source of comfort and great fellowship to me. Yet, I value being an African with our rich traditions of laughter, ceremonies and support for one another. The question, at this juncture is, where has it all gone wrong? I grew up in Lagos with the rich religious environment of the Muslim call for prayer and the Christian church bells. The greatest thrill was knowing that I could ignore both and still be me.

    So fellow Nigerians, what is it to be? Do we fight it out in the streets and end up as separate countries or recognise that we are of different faiths and yet Nigerians? Growing up, this was never really an issue, and I can’t see why it should be now, specially as I am older and hopefully wiser.