Jonathan deplores use of female suicide bombers as Boko Haram’s “new low”

President Goodluck Jonathan

The president condemns terror attacks in Kano, Adamawa, and Cameroon.


President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the recent wave of terror attacks across northern Nigeria and Cameroon.

In a statement on Monday, President Jonathan commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the Kano and Adamawa attacks and wished the injured speedy recovery.

“The President describes as shocking, callous and reprehensible the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in Kano within 24 hours, and the unrelenting attacks by the Boko Haram at a time the Muslim faithful are observing the holy festival of Eid el Fitri,” said the statement issued by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

A female suicide bomber targeting church worshippers at the Sabon Gari area of Kano killed five people early Sunday, including a soldier, two men, a lady and a child.

Also on Sunday, Cameroonian authorities said extremist sect Boko Haram abducted the wife of the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, and her maid in the country’s northern town of Kolofata.

On Sunday, militants launched attacks on Garkida town of Gombi Local Government Area in Adamawa state, killing six people, two of them soldiers.

President Jonathan further noted that the deployment of young women as suicide bombers represents a new low in the inhuman campaign by the terrorists and an expression of utter disregard for the dignity of the female gender as well as a wicked exploitation of the girl-child.

“The President states that the abduction of the Lamido of Kolofata and the wife of the Vice premier of Cameroon clearly underscores the regional security threat that Boko Haram has become,” the statement continued.

“He welcomes the recent resolve by the Defence Ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger to further strengthen existing partnerships in order to forestall the desperate attempt by misguided elements to turn the sub-region into a battleground for terrorism and radical extremism.

“President Jonathan urges the security forces to remain resolute, and not be discouraged by the desperation of the agents of evil. He believes that with the continued cooperation between Nigeria’s security forces and their counterparts in neighbouring countries, the war against terror will surely be won,” the statement added.

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