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.

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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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  • Adaku

    Look, you are either a leader or you are not. I don’t see President Jonathan providing Nigeria leadership. That’s the country’s tragedy. President Jonathan may end up as a condolence president by reverting to press statements on daily basis, after the fact, long after Boko Haram has usually razed a Police station, killed several soldiers along the way, and left the neighbourhood strewn with charred bodies of children and women.

    • Weydem

      HOW ABOUT THIS (UN-REPORTED) HORROR?

      “Boko Haram fighters have executed 12 people including a village chief
      in a remote part of northeastern Nigeria, residents have said, amid
      warnings of anticipated attacks by the group over Eid.”

      “The attackers entered the village of Garubula, in Biu district, late
      on Wednesday and dragged their victims out of their homes before
      shooting them, the residents said.”

      “They killed 12 people including the village chief whom they shot in
      the head,” Mallam Idrissa, a resident of the village told AFP news
      agency on Saturday.”

  • Lanre

    Nigeria is ruled by idiots and is in for a long period of darkness. Where are the Chibok Girls?

  • emm

    GEJ, stop rigging election and impeaching governors. You are the source of our problems

  • Bala R

    This man only talks when a church or Xtians are attacked.

  • Adeshola Olasunkanmi Esq.

    Dear Mr President,

    Boko Haram comprises a ragtag group of people with no goals and an ever-changing agenda. The amount allocated annually to security should suffice to attack this threat. What will we do if real militants with modern weapons and not IED come along?

    This attitude where you condemn after lives are lost every single day, is not acceptable. The president should do something. Look at Cameroon for God’s sake. They frequently arrest, prosecute and detain BH members who stray from Nigeria to their soil. Cameroon o!!

    We don’t have a mid-ranking member of BH in custody, no intelligence gathering, no preemptive attacks. Nothing.
    What are you doing sir? What do you plan to do sir? What is the fate of my home city Kano, and my adopted home Maiduguri? What is the fate of my beloved Lagos and Kaduna, and even your backyard Abuja?

    Now Nigerians hate each other. My best buddy no longer picks my calls, as we disagreed over your style of governance, which i said is actually “non-governance”. He is from Bayelsa state but has been my friend for 22 and half years. In Nigeria now, first loyalties lie with religious and then ethnic affiliations second. we consider each other as human beings all collectively suffering in a country going downhill at an alarming rate.

    All these will culminate into a very negative end in 2015 as Dokubo has promised us bloodshed in your name if you lose the elections. Trust me i fear him more than these idiot Boko Haramites. If you win again, another problem as the Northeners will not take it lightly.

    Who will bail Nigeria? APC? Dont even get me started on that gang of strange bedfellows ruled by Tinubu.

    We have no one to turn to but you. Prayers wont work because we are not practicing what Christ and Allah want us to, we have all strayed. We look to you Sir, to bring back the Chibok girls, prevent further attacks and show interest in this country. We voted for you, i know i did.

    Please sir, put a smile on our faces, for the first time in 6 years.

    Thank you sir and may the Lord help you rule this country back to greatness.

    Shola

  • Saddened

    So sad

  • Seun

    It will continue to be a new low unless something is done. the silence and inaction and confused reactionary tactics of the federal government only emboldens the terrorists