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Published On: Mon, May 5th, 2014

Safety measures and the World Economic Summit

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The activities of terrorist have led to a massive shut down of Nigeria, as the country prepares for the World Economic Summit.

The Federal government had on Friday taken steps to secure the country and as a form of response to the deadly car bomb blast Thursday in the Nyanya Moto park, which was the second time, the attack was happening. The president reportedly ordered the closure of all public schools and offices from Wednesday when the Federal capital Teriritory, (the FCT) will be hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa.

The economic meeting is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, the 9th of May. It will be attended by world leaders and business executives around the world.

The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, has approved, as part of arrangements for the successful hosting

of the World Economic Forum Africa, that all Government Offices and Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, except those on essential services, are to be closed from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th May,

2014. Private Organisations with large number of staff may also wish to close down,” The statement was accredited to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, said in a statement Friday.

The government said the measure is to ease the flow of traffic within the city and enable those attending the forum carry out their assigned roles.

Further reports revealed that the Nigerian, security forces have detained several people in Abuja over recent bomb attacks, days before a World Economic Forum event in the capital.

Most of those held were said to be foreign, but no details were announced.

Schools and government offices are to close during the WEF event, which will be attended by the presidents of Rwanda, Senegal and Kenya as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The government is under pressure to tackle widespread unrest. So much has been said about the seaming inefficiency of the Nigerian Militry in the quest of ensure the security of lives and property, as most Nigerians are gradually loosing their cool with fear greeping the minds of a majority of the people.

The Nyanya explosion, late on Thursday killed 19 people, two weeks after a nearby bombing left 75 dead.

No group has said it carried out the attacks, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram is being blamed.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said those detained on Saturday were being interrogated and had provided “useful information.”

Boko Haram is also believed to be behind the kidnapping of more than 200 teenage girls from their school in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria more than a fortnight ago.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in amedia chart addressed the wide spread criticism of his handling of Islamic militants.

During the address, he noted that it was appreciated that the people showed concern for the state of the Nation, but noted that the military had combed the town of Maiduguri ware the girls reportedly

came from that were abducted but had difficulty locating some of the places

Boko Haram has staged a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria in recent years, with an estimated 1,500 killed in the violence and subsequent security crackdown this year alone.

But recent bomb attacks in Abuja, including one on 14 April that Boko Haram admitted to, have raised fears that the militants could be trying to expand their area of operation.

On Saturday the US warned its citizens of a plan to attack one of two Sheraton hotels near Lagos, Nigeria’s main commercial hub.

In a statement on its website, the state department said those behind the plot were “groups associated with terrorism”, but gave no further details.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s government says 5,000 police and soldiers will be deployed for the WEF on Africa, which begins on Wednesday.

The official reason for closing all schools and government offices in the capital is to ensure traffic flows smoothly.

But the BBC’s reports from Abuja that security concerns are also a likely reason, with fewer vehicles on the roads enabling stricter searches and cutting potential targets for further bomb attacks.

The government minister said the security measures were aimed at calming nerves but told Nigerian media the focus on returning the abducted girls to their families was “much more important”.

 

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