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Published On: Tue, May 6th, 2014

Nyanya blasts: FCT minister’s wife visits, donates relief items to victims

Hajiya Aisha Bala MohammedBy Stanley Onyekwere

The wife of the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, yesterday donated beverages and cash gift to victims of the double car bomb explosions within the space of about three weeks, in Nyanya, a suburb of the FCT.

She made the donations during her visit to Asokoro , Gwarinpa, Maitama and Wuse general hospitals, in Abuja, where some victims from the second deadly attack on the Abuja, the nation’s capital that killed 21 people, with 66 left injured, receiving treatment at various hospitals in the FCT.

Some of the items donated include milk, sugar, and a token (cash) in envelop, which were handed to various Medical Directors of the respective hospitals visited.

It would be recalled that the first incident which occurred on April 14 at the Nyanya High Capacity Bus Terminal, police at the time had confirmed 76 deaths and more than 150 injured and no fewer than 25 vehicles destroyed.

However, in less than three weeks, the second blast in the area occurred at about 8 p.m. on May Day, claiming 20 lives and injured 66 persons.

Meanwhile, giving update on the victims receiving treatment at various FCT hospitals, the Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Ademola Onakomaiya, said on Monday morning, one victim died at Asokoro hospital , taking the death toll to 21.

“As at Saturday, the 20 persons were confirmed dead, but this morning (Monday ) unfortunately we lost one victim at Asokoro hospital, bringing the death toll to 21, and about 20 have been discharged so far”, he said.

The minister’s wife, who was accompanied round the hospitals by the FCTA Permanent Secretary’s wife, women from different NGOs and council chairmen’s’ wives amongst others, said the visit was to see what the victims were going through and offer support to them.

She condemned the attacks and incessant killings in other parts of the country, saying that acts of terrorism were alien to Nigeria people.

According to her, “there is no religion that permits any one to go and touch others’ lives, so we condemn it ( killings), we are not happy, and we will continue praying for them.

“These acts of terrorism in the country is not our culture, we are not happy, and whoever are behind these things, we are praying that God almighty will touch their hearth to change, to know what they are doing is wrong, and start doing the right thing.”

She therefore prayed for God to give the victims the wisdom to bear the pains and be able to move on with their lives after.

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