Boko Haram: Jonathan Commiserates With Victims Of Kano Central Mosque –President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has condemned the callous attack on worshippers at Kano’s central Mosque on Friday where more than 100 people were murdered, describing the action as despicable and unjustified. The president however conceded that terrorism has constituted a major threat to the Nigerian society.
He however extended his heartfelt condolences to both the family of those killed and Kano State Government reiterating the determination of the government to continue to take every step aimed at putting an end to reprehensible acts terrorism by all groups and persons involved.
Nothing less than 100 Islamic faithful were murdered in what could be tagged as “Black Friday” in the city of Kano when terrorists struck with explosive bombs as worshippers were observing the Jumat service.
their death were caused by a major explosion, which sources claimed occurred around 2. 30pm at the peak hour of Jumat prayer as the worshippers packed inside the mosque, listening to the day sermon in preparation for the normal two Rakat prayer. The attack was carried out in the ancient mosque situated close to the Palace of Emir of Kano.
Sources reported there was an explosion which created a major ‘run for life’ stampede within and around the mosque as worshippers desperately scampered for escape route to flee to safety.
Police gave an official figure of 35 as numbers of those who lost their lives but witnesses confirmed the figure must be exceeding 200 number
The Kano Central Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the city and it is where the Emir of Kano normally observes Jumat prayers.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that a major protest triggered in the city as youths took to the street to protest the late arrival of the police and other security agencies at the scene.
A statement by Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati said, Jonathan “commiserates with all the families who lost their loved ones. The President calls on relief agencies and medical personnel to deploy every possible effort to assist the injured, and the general public to heed the call for the donation of blood by the hospitals where the injured are being treated.
“The President has further directed the security agencies to launch a full-scale investigation and to leave no stone unturned until all agents of terror undermining the right of every citizen to life and dignity, are tracked down and brought to justice.
The statement said further “The President reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestation is a despicable and unjustifiable threat to our society. He reiterates the determination of the government to continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved in acts of terrorism.
President Jonathan called on all Nigerians not to despair in this moment of great trial in our nation’s history but to remain united to confront the common enemy.
Jonathan said he is confident that no terrorist act against fellow citizens will destroy the Nigerian spirit to remain positive, resolute and united in the quest for lasting peace and security in the country.
He appealed to all Nigerians to remain vigilant and cooperate actively with our security agencies to win the on-going war against terror.
Also, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the latest bomb blasts at the Kano Central Mosque on Friday, November 28, 2014.
The former Vice President also condemned previous bomb blasts in Kontagora (Niger) and Maiduguri, capital of Borno.
In a statement in Abuja by his media office, the former Vice President 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.