The world on Friday rose up in unison to condemn the attack on the United Nations Building in Abuja which resulted in the death of about 20 people, mainly workers and visitors to the building.
The carnage is one of the worse carried out psychological warfare against the world body and Nigerian government and especially Nigeria’s current struggle to stem the tide of a new wave of terrorism..
The United Nations building in Abuja houses about 26 different departmental groups that serve the purpose of humanity worldwide.
Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General in a press statement in New York, condemned the bombing, which he described as “an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others.”
“In recent years, the UN has consolidated its offices in single locations. The UN House in Abuja accommodates 26 humanitarian and development agencies of the United Nations family”, he said.
Extending his sympathies to the victims and their families, he said the United Nations would assist them during what he describe as a difficult time.
He however despatched Ms. Migiro, a former Tanzania Foreign Minister and Mr. Gregory Starr, who is the United Nations security chief immediately to meet with Nigerian authorities for more initiates on UN actions on the bomb attack.
President Goodluck Jonathan utterly condemned what he called barbaric, senseless and cowardly attack.
He concluded that the attack is a most despicable assault on the United Nations’ objectives of global peace and security, and the sanctity of human life to which Nigeria and Nigerians wholly subscribe.
The Nigerian leader extends his sincere condolences to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and all members of the ‘United Nations family’ who have lost loved ones in the heinous attack.
He reaffirmed the Federal Government’s total commitment to vigorously combat the incursion of all forms of terrorism into Nigeria, and wishes to reassure all Nigerians and the international community that his Administration would spare no effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Jonathan urged all Nigerians to cooperate fully with the government in its efforts to expose the desperate elements who promote violence, terrorism and division in the country.
“We are once again reminded of the international character of terrorism and its indiscriminate targeting of innocent civilians, President Jonathan affirms Nigeria’s determination to continue to play its part in the global effort to eradicate the scourge of terrorism in all its ramifications.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard condemned the bomb attack describing it as an attack on all nations of the world.
“The United Nations is dedicated to preventing conflict, maintaining peace and helping the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged,” Ms Gillard said in a statement on Saturda.y.
“On behalf of the government and people of Australia, I extend sincere condolences to the families of those killed and injured.
“Our thoughts are with these families.”
Australia also conveyed its condolences to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, she said.
The UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said he was shocked to hear of the attack at the UN compound.
“This brutal act has killed and injured many innocent people and I utterly condemn those who have carried it out.
My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those affected,” he said. “Around the world, the UN works for peace, security and international cooperation and an attack on the UN is an attack on these principles.
We will be passing on condolences to the UN Secretary General and President Jonathan. The UK stands ready to provide any assistance we can to the UN and Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”
The bomb went off after a suspect forced his way through two security gates and rammed the car into the building.
The first two floors were blown out and rescue workers scrambled to help those left inside.
A man claiming to be a spokesman for the Nigerian Islamist sect known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack drew spontaneous angers and reactions especially from Nigeria’s top statesmen and political actors across the world.
Former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, and the Governor of Abia state, Chief Theodore Orji, all condemned the attack, saying the perpetrators should be fished out and brought to justice.
While the former president pleaded with the international community to stand by Nigeria at this trying moment, the deputy speaker accused the culprits of the heinous crime of a cowardly act.
“Human life is the most valuable asset on the planet and for some persons or groups no matter what grievances they bear, to cause the lives of fellow human beings to be destroyed in callous circumstances like the reported explosion is most reprehensible, unacceptable, and extremely condemnable”, the deputy speaker said..
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, described it as an attack on the international community, saying that the situation was under investigation.
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, expressed shock, saying it was a cause for concern for Nigeria.
While expressing disgust over the tragedy, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, the acting Director-General of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), however, said it was a wake-up call for security agencies in the country.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, condemned the bomb blast , describing it as an unforgivable crime against humanity.
Chairman of the Forum and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said it was disheartening, senseless and inhuman for anyone to bomb a complex where work and effort to make the world better are constantly going on.
“The idea of any group unleashing violence on fellow human beings because of certain imperfections does not augur well, not only for the well being of the immediate location and victims but for the entire nation” NGF Chairman said.
Governor Amaechi argued that the violence cannot be defended by its perpetrators whatever their grievance might be, insisting that violence is not a reasonable way to attract attention to grievances.
Describing the explosion as an attack on Nigeria and the global community, the NGF urged the security agencies to do everything possible to track down this seemingly organised network of wicked criminals and bring them to book.
Governor Amaechi also condoles with families of the victims of the blast and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
The NGF chair appealed to all aggrieved individuals and groups in Nigeria to appreciate the fact that violence can never be a solution to any
The Ondo State government condemned the blast, describing it as not only reprehensible, but antithetical of all sane reasoning.
“We condemn this act of terrorism as unacceptable, anachronistic, retrogressive, reprehensible, odious, barbaric and against the commandment of God to shed lives and destroy property at will for base reasoning,” its statement stated.
Benue State governor, Mr Gabriel Suswam, described as an embarrassment, the bomb blast.
Also, the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ababukar Baraje, condemned the blast.
He called on citizens to support President Jonathan and the government in the effort to “defend our democracy and freedom.”
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) sent its condolences to the UN and the families of the victims of the incident.
Also, a former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, condemned the attack, describing it as a calculated attempt to rubbish President Jonathan’s administration and discourage foreign investors from the country.
” What happened today will affect the image of Nigeria to the extent that many countries will have the impression that Nigeria is not safe.” The effect of this bombing will affect the image of the Country-economically and socially.
The Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) also submitted that the growing insecurity in the country showed that there was the need for urgent steps and proactive measures by the authorities to restore sanity.
IYC spokesperson, Jeremiah Owoupele said “President Goodluck Jonathan and his team must brace for the challenges: the Nigerian people need to be reassured that the government has the capacity to protect their lives and properties.
“Mr President must as a matter of national emergency come up with daring security protocol that will be preemptive and proactive. Nigerian must also be part of the process in information dissemination to enable security people to succeed.
Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria condemned in its entirety bombingthe Friday morning bombing of the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Reacting to the blast, River State chairman of the Labour Centre, Comrade Chika Onuegbu said, the killing and maiming of ordinary citizens was uncalled for.
He charged authorities to rise up to the situation and address it once and for all, adding that the gross insecurity experienced by the country in the recent past would make it difficult for government to execute all its noble ideas and policies talkless of investors coming in.
“We are however deeply worried at the growing spate of bombings in Nigeria and the apparent inability of the Nigerian security agencies to effectively address the matter. We call on Jonathan, the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, and the International Community to carry out a comprehensive investigation with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to book, and the security lapses identified and adequately addressed,” Onuegbu said