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Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Nigeria would’ve been in turmoil – Jonathan

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President Goodluck JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye with agency reports

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the nation would have been engulfed in turmoil had those dare devil bombers, who attempted to kill the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and the fiery Islamic preacher, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi,  succeeded in their dastardly act.

The President made the remarks yesterday while receiving a delegation of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) who paid him a Sallah visit.

Both Buhari and Bauchi were attacked by bombers in Kaduna last week where over 100 people lost their lives.

According to him, Buhari commands a wide political followership in the country while Bauchi is also a respected Islamic preacher with millions of adherents.

Describing the attackers as sons of the devil, Jonathan pleaded that preachers should endeavour to preach messages of peace and unity in the country even as he commiserated with the victims of the bomb attacks in Kaduna.

He said “Let me plead with my brothers especially the clerics when they are sending their messages out to their followers to preach peace and unity not the gospel of hate. Because without peace and unity we cannot develop this country. In a conflict situation people move away from such zones and we cannot develop our communities, our local governments, states and our country in a conflict situation.

“Not too long ago we had this dastardly attacks in Kano and Kaduna. We stand to condemn these acts of terror on our people. And we extend our condolence and sympathy to the bereaved and those who might have been injured.

“The recent attacks in Kaduna especially where Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi was a target and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was also a target.

“You can imagine if these two people had died in those attacks. Shiekh Bauchi is one of our top Islamic preachers, he has millions of followers, Buhari former Head of State, a leading political figure has massive supporters. On the same day people wanted to kill them, those who plan the attacks are clearly sons of the devil. Because if they had killed these two people we wouldn’t have been here today. This country would have been in turmoil, we couldn’t have gathered here to celebrate. We thank Allah for saving their lives and preventing a major calamity that would have befallen our country.

 “I use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to work with government to see that collectively we bring to an end the excesses of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups. We are doing everything humanly possible to end it. Government at the same time is looking on how to raise funds in fact we are launching the fund Thursday, so that the widows, orphans, those whose business premises have been vandalised and even our worship places, mosques and churches that have been destroyed, we will rebuild. Government alone cannot do it because we will need huge sums of money, with the Nigerian private sector are vibrant and willing if they see sincerity in govt. We have demonstrated that very clear and we are hopeful that that day reasonable amount of money will be raised. And we will continue to raise money until we are able to cushion the effect of these excesses and at the same time we are strengthening our security services so that they will be able to confront this menace.”

 The Vice President, Mohammed Sambo, who led the delegation, also commented:

“I will like to express our deep and sincere appreciation for accepting us today to come and express our felicitations and our happiness on the end of Ramadan.

“We pray that Allah will continue to guide you, to give you good health and wisdom to lead this country

We pray for peace and pray that all the evils including Boko Haram, the security challenge and other vices, that Allah will grant us the fortitude to remove these evils in this country and to make Nigerians, all of us our brothers keepers and to allow peace, tranquillity and progress in Nigeria and for the achievement of our transformation agenda.”

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