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Published On: Fri, Jul 25th, 2014

Int’l community worried about terrorism in Nigeria, says Tukur

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Bamanga-tukur-recentBy Lawrence Olaoye

Ambassador-at-large and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur yesterday lamented that the international communities are getting worried over the spate of terrorism in the country.

Tukur, who is currently in Saudi Arabia to observed Umra, in a release also condemned the twin bomb blasts in Kaduna and the attempt on the life of General Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria must rise in unison now to stem the tide of terrorism in their country while joining forces with the government in stamping out the menace.

Tukur who said he specifically held special prayer sessions about the incident with nationals of other countries in the Holy Land disclosed further that the rest of the world was genuinely worried that the trend of terrorism has continued to increase in Nigeria rather than abating.

He said he was personally aggrieved that those he described as hoodlums could attempt to take the life of General Buhari, one of Nigeria’s elder statesman, using terrorism as a cover.

He also expressed grief at the death of innocent Nigerians in the two bomb blasts in Kaduna, while empathizing with their families and those who got injured in the incident.

He said, “I am aggrieved more than ever on this new trend of terrorism which seems to put every Nigerian, irrespective of class in grave danger. What we are made to believe now is that nobody is safe anymore in the country, which we have continued to labour very hard to build.

“While I condemn this incident in totality, I join President Goodluck Jonathan, General Buhari and members of his family in rejoicing on the miracle of Buhari’s escape from the blast in Kaduna.

“I have been reflecting on the implication of what the enemies had wished for Buhari and I couldn’t help thanking the Almighty Allah that his death did not occur as planned.

“Time is no longer there for us in Nigeria to act like the ostrich with heads buried in the sand. This war is not for the government alone to fight. We must all be involved.

“The news of attempt on the life of General Buhari continues to resonate across the globe giving the number of calls I have been receiving from across the world, each person wanting me to give account of what happened.

“That tells how much the rest of the world pays so much attention on Nigeria. It was perhaps the reason nationals of other countries joined me here in Saudi in special prayers to God to stem the tide of terrorism in Nigeria”.

Expressing confidence in the counter terrorism campaign by the government of Nigeria, the Ambassador-at-large urged the Nigerian military double efforts in ensuring that acts insurgency are completely stamped out, not only in the north-east zone, but in all parts of the country as a whole.



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