The Federal government of Nigeria has been urged to act speedily to unravel those behind the recent bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, so that the confidence of Nigerians and that of the international community across the world would be strengthened.
According to the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Europe,(NIDOE) it is unfortunate that at a time when the nation sets to consolidate a higher level of her democracy, saboteurs are creating a state of fear and anarchy to subvert the will of the people and dent the image of the government internationally.
Chairman of the Organization , Dr Alsitair Soyode advised that national security and people’s safety should take precedence over all things now in order for the world to see Nigeria as a safe place for investment.
“Unless a quick action is taken to arrest the current spate of bombings, Nigeria subconsciously could be perceived as sliding into anarchy and this could be dangerous for the nation’s progress”,he said.
Dr Soyode deplored unequivocally the spate of the recent bombings in the northern part of the country.
“Nigerian people are peace loving, hospitable and generous. The recent actions have been alien to our well cultured society. Our people are peace loving and law abiding and this current wave of bombing does not represent the true image of Nigerians”, he said
He continued: “Our leaders must act speedily to convince international communities that the nation is safe and that Nigerians are a warm people”, he said.
He therefore commended the efforts of the Nigeria Police for acting precisely to make arrests over the bombing.
“Across the world, it is a well known fact that bombing is not in Nigeria’s culture. The nation needs a drastic actions to convince the world that the nation is a safe place to be”.
He called upon the international community to help the nation in the fight against terrorism claiming that the recent attack on the fabric of the nation is new to the country , Nigeria, being the most peace loving people in the entire world.
“ We joined well meaning Nigerians and international partners to condemned this act in its entirety”, he said.
Dr Soyode added:” We also use this opportunity to call on the Nigerian government to investigate all those behind these attacks and bring to books erring relevant agencies for their weaknesses in arresting the current tide where lives and properties have been lost.
The organisation however promised to assist and work with the government in finding solutions to the problems of unemployment and poverty reduction.
“ Efforts are currently afoot to reduce unemployment in the country as members in recent times are embarking small business establishment across the country.
“Such action, he said would reduce umeployment especially with the local government areas”, he said.
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) is a non-governmental, non-political, non-religious and non-tribal organisation whose membership is drawn from Nigerians living in Europe, estimated at about two million. NIDOE was officially launched in London on 26 October 2002.
In a related development the Israeli government in a statem has condemned the the attack.
According to the statement, “Israel is outraged by this hateful crime, whose sole purpose was to take innocent lives.
France also joined in the voice of condemnation of the arxhitects of the bombing
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé, in a similar statement issued recently expressed shock at the attack, describing it as a “heinous and cowardly act”, adding that France was willing to assist Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.
The statement said: “In these tragic circumstances, France reaffirms its solidarity with the UN agencies, its personnel, and with respect to their efforts on behalf of the Nigerian people. It also assures the Nigerian government and the people of its solidarity in this ordeal and the fight against terrorism.”