The United Progressive Party, UPP, said it received with shock the news of the heartless massacre of over 46 students of Government Senior Science Secondary School Potiskum in Yobe State by a suicide bomber masquerading as a student of the school.
The party described the incident as “outrageous, barbaric and wicked.”
“UPP strongly condemns the killing of these innocent students at a time the nation is still mourning the slaughter of 82 people by a suicide bomber at Old Market Road in Potiskum on Monday 3rd November instant,” it said in a statement by its National Secretary, Bello Umar, on Tuesday. “This madness must stop. Enough is enough.”
The party said the Federal Government should take its responsibility for protecting lives and property seriously in tandem with section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that, security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
It also asked the security agents to sit up and flush out Boko Haram insurgents from Nigeria, noting that it was a task that must be done immediately.
It said Nigerians would not tolerate any excuse for allowing the insurgents to occupy an inch of the nation’s territory.
“We commiserate with the families of those who lost their children in this dastardly act and pray to God Almighty to console and strengthen them to bear this irreparable loss,” the UPP stated. “We also pray for speedy recovery of those wounded in the attack.”
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Women for Good Governance, Anambra State Chapter, also condemned the killing of the students.
“We are deeply devastated by this cowardly attack on school children being groomed as leaders of tomorrow,” the group said in a statement by its Coordinator, Grace Chike. “We share the grief of members of their families and pray for those wounded in this man’s inhumanity to man. Our hearts are still bleeding over the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State who have been in captivity for seven months. We are pained that security agents are yet to rescue our girls.”
The group said the killing of the Potiskum students at their school assembly was “the mother of all murders.”
“We are heartbroken, more so, coming on the heels of the massacre of over 80 people in Potistum last week. This reign of terror must stop immediately. It is time for action. It is time to declare full war on Boko Haram rebels who have occupied over ten Local Government Areas in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
“The territorial integrity of our great nation has been violated with impunity by the insurgents. It is time for patriotism. We urge the armed forces to demonstrate courage and flush out these rebels from the country and punish any person remotely connected with the operations of these sadists. Women and children are always the victims of this insurgency. It is the duty of the Federal Government to protect all citizens. Enough of this Balkanization of Nigeria!”
On its part, the Turaki Vanguard, in a statement by its spokesperson, Soji Bamidele, said it was deeply pained by the killing of the students, saying the incident was senseless.
It said, “We condemned the attack on our future leaders. The ugly development is senseless and we call on the Federal Government to be alive to their noble and constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and property as the constant attack on the Citizenry revealed that the Jonathan led government is overwhelmed with the Insurgents activities.”
The group, which is working for the election of a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as president in the 2015 polls, said the security agencies should put a strong and effective intelligence gathering rather than resorting to rhetorics.
“We suggest that security studies should be included in the school curriculum and as a matter of urgency organise security orientation for all the heads or management of primary to tertiary institutions especially in the flash Zones.
“Government should pay attention to safety of lives and property of all the citizenry first rather than engaging in party politics.”