Atiku, northern governors, ACF, outraged by Kano bombing

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, governors of the 19 northern states, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned Friday’s blasts at the Kano Central Mosque, which killed over one hundred Nigerians.

In a statement in Abuja by his media office, Mr. Abubakar said he was devastated personally by the frequency and brutality of terrorist attacks on innocent people, adding that this ceaseless violence achieves nothing.

According to him, the attacks on mosques, churches, schools, bus stations, markets, shopping plazas and other heavy human targets, defy the teachings of all known religions of the world.

The former Vice President said it was high time the Boko Haram terrorists abandoned violence and embraced peace once and for all.

Mr. Atiku also condemned previous bomb blasts in Kontagora (Niger) and Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state recently.

On their part, the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, who spoke through their Chairman and Governor of Niger state, Mu’azu Aliyu, condemned the terror attack.

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In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, Mr. Aliyu expressed sadness at how security in the Northern States has taken a turn for the worse in recent times saying no one is spared.

Mr. Aliyu said the attack on the mosque where Emir Sanusi ll worships is another sombre reminder of how much disregard those behind terror attacks in the North have on the traditional institution and on the sanctity of human lives.

He said the position of Sanusi II on the need to protect communities against those perpetuating violence must remain sacrosanct adding that nobody should be intimidated by evil perpetrators, saying good will surely triumph over evil.

Mr. Aliyu however maintained that the war against terrorism is not an exclusive preserve of security operatives alone but everybody’s business.

He said it is time to place everybody under high security alert adding that strange faces and objects must be promptly reported and investigated.

Also, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has expressed shock and disbelief over the three bomb explosions.

ACF described the bomb blast aimed at Muslim worshipers in the mosque as wicked, callous and barbaric.

A statement by ACF National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, noted that, the recent bomb explosions in Yola, Maiduguri, Azare, Kontagora and many other towns in the North coupled with the daily killing of innocent people by insurgents is very disturbing and worrisome.

“This insecurity situation that have engulfed the North is a clear manifestation of Federal Government’s inability to protect the people as intelligence and equipment required to contain the situation appears lacking.

“ACF urges the people of Kano in particular to exercise some restrain, remain calm and avoid taking the law into their hands or blamed innocent people that have lived with them peacefully.

“We equally call upon the people to unite and protect themselves through intelligence sharing with security agencies and community leaders,” he said.

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