According to an umbrella group, Save Nigeria Group Global (UK), the Federal Government must with immediate effect initiate an immediate Board of Inquiry to establish how such an act of terrorism could have been perpetrated in such an important historical day adding that thre is already an opening for the investigation because of MEND’s claim that security agents assisted them in planting the devices
In a statement signed by Mr Chinedu Akuta in London, an umbrella human rights organisation, Save Nigeria Group Global (SNG) UK queried how the nation could have been so caught with such ease to destabilise a landmark celebration.
The group deplored the act of terrorism which it claimed could have been perpetrated in our nations capital on the eve of such a high profile event, particularly in light of the claims by MEND that security agents assisted them in planting the devices.
“The Federal Government should ensure that the Nigerian security services fish out the perpetrators of this crime, their protectors and sponsors and all the accomplices, bringing them to books according to the law to serve as deterrent to others” the statement added.
The Human rights organisations called on the government to take up with immediate effect the plans to rehabilitate victims of the bombings, saying that the government henceforth must treat the victim with national honour while compensating those who were wounded in the attack.
“We sympathize with, and extend our condolences to the families of innocent Nigerians that died in the incident”, it said in the statement.
The Federal Government must also ensure that all the innocent victims of this crime receive medical care at the same level as can be expected by Government Ministers or Members of the National Assembly
“In conclusion we also call upon the Federal Government to step up the process set out in the amnesty programme as well as revisit the issue of constitutional amendments that will ensure that power is returned to the regions as it was the case at independence”.
It added that this would not only satisfy the agitation for resource control but will also create a more balanced federation where the injustices of the past will finally be redressed including the Niger Delta question.
“It is our view that no amount of Police or military measures will remove the root cause of the crises, the economic deprivation and environmental degradation of this region unless l power is devolved to the people.
“In the same vein we call upon MEND to respect the amnesty and call an immediate ceasefire”, the statement added.
The group said that the bomb killers should bear in mind that none of the victims of the violence were party to the issues in the Delta and that some no person of conscience would n consider the bombing a justifiable action
“The first duty of any government is to safeguard the security of its populace, with the exponential level of kidnapping in various parts of the country, armed robbery and now urban terrorism, it is clear that the government is not living up to its responsibilities” the statement addedconcluding: “While we reflect on our 50 years let us pray that the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace
Save Nigeria Group Global (UK) was formed in early 2010 by UK based Nigerian civil right activist groups, seeking to ensure that true democratic and accountability processes prevail in Nigeria.
These groups SNG UK is an affiloiate of SNG Nigeria under the leadership of Dr Tunde Bakare and was officially dedicated in a meeting in London on 20/07/2010
SNG UK is a coalition of the following groups Champions For Nigeria, Arise Nigeria, Unity and Positive Change In Nigeria, Support Option A4 Group, GAIN Organisation, RallySNG UK is an a political, non tribal, non religious group, dedicated to returning Nigeria to a truly democratic and competent system of government
The current spokesman is Chinedu Akuta of Support Option A4 Group,