Embrace peace at Ramadan, group urges Boko Haram

  • …condemns Abuja bombings

By Lawrence Olaoye

A group, Transformation Ambassadors (TAN) has called on the Boko Haram insurgents to embrace peace as Muslims all over the country enter into the Ramadan fasting period.

TAN, in a statement signed by its Director of Communications and strategy, Udenta O. Udenta, also condemned, in strong terms, Wednesday bomb blast at the EMAB Plaza, Wuse 11, Abuja in which over twenty people were killed and many injured.

The group expressed shock at such a dastardly act, especially against innocent citizens, who were mainly petty traders, artisan and other law abiding citizens who make a living within the plaza environment.

Udenta in calling on the families of the bereaved to bear the loses with fortitude, stressed that, “Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic persuasion, should join hands with government of President Goodluck Jonathan in tackling problems of terrorism and other vices”.

According to him. “While we continue to pray to the Almighty God to grant eternal rest to the deceased, we also ask Him to give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loses”.

The organisation also called on Nigerians to be very vigilant and support the nation’s security agencies in tackling the menace of insurgents in the country.

What is worrisome to the organisation, Dr. Udenta stressed, is the inexplicable co- incidence between major government achievements and the rapidity of terror bombings that follow them.

The nation witnessed these with regard to the World Economic Forum and the Nyanya bombings and the successful conduct of the Ekiti election, the victory of the Supper Eagles and the grand breaking ceremony of the centenary city, and the EMAB Plaza bombing.

He charged that whatever the situation may be, anti-democratic forces and agents of darkness will neither derail President Jonathan transformation agenda nor compromise Nigerian unity and territorial integrity.

He noted that in the spirit of the Ramadan, it is high time the insurgents agreed to a roundtable discussion with the government to achieve the peace that over 160 million Nigerians have been praying for.

Dr. Udenta noted that Islamic teaching emphasis the sanctity of life and therefore wonders why a group of people will then callously violate this same teaching and daily desecrate God’s creation.

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