President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing that occurred on Monday in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
Madinah is Islam’s second holiest city.
Condoling with Saudi authorities over the attack, President Buhari said the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
“The fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration,” President Buhari asserted.
He urged nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe”.
President Buhari said that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts”.
“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe,” the president said.
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