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Published On: Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

Outrage over Abuja city mall blast

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Bomb blast in Abuja mallBy Ikechukwu Okaforadi & Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Anger and indignation have trailed Wednesday’s bomb explosion at EMAB shopping mall in Abuja city centre, which killed at least 21 persons and injured several others.

Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo, who visited the scene of the explosion and the Maitama General Hospital, where some of the victims are receiving treatment, said terrorists cannot dampen the spirit of Nigerians.

“Terror will never gain ground in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world”, Sambo said, even as he charged Nigerians to be more security conscious and vigilant at all times.

Speaking further, he appealed for cooperation with security agencies in their efforts to stamp out terrorism in the country.

“This cowardly and unjust act will be defeated, evil can never be sustained. Insha Allah, this administration and Mr. President will not leave any stone unturned until we defeat these terrorists.

“We are doing everything possible and exerting every effort to ensure that within the shortest possible time, it will become a thing of the past”, he said.

Similarly, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has lamented the seeming intractable nature of the insurgency in the country, saying the burden of securing lives and property remains the primary role of government.

In a statement issued yesterday by its President, Femi Adesina, the NGE said: “Nigeria, very sadly, has become one huge sepulcher and death now very cheap.

“Unnatural deaths have become so commonplace, that Nigerians are almost becoming inured to the news of it, except those directly affected. This is not good for our common humanity”, it said.

While charging security agencies not to relent in carrying out their constitutional duties, the NGE said “terrorism must never get the better of us. But we must devise new tactics and strategies to rein in the situation”.

While mourning the demise of Managing Editor, Northern Operations of New Telegraph, Malam Suleiman Bisalla, the editors’ platform commiserated with the deceased’s family and colleagues, and prayed for the repose of his soul.

In the same vein, founder of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, has condemned the Abuja blast, urging government and the security agencies to step up their games against insurgency.

The presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC) said, the EMAB mall explosion was ‘one terror attack too many’, even as he called for tighter security especially at the airports.

A statement issued by his campaign coordinator, Otunba Olufemi Ogunsanwo, said “there is now a compelling need for the present government and security agencies to take more pro-active measures to secure lives and properties in the nation’s capital.

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