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Abuja Explosion: Perpetrators, Sponsors Of Boko Haram Will Be Brought To Book – Jonathan Assures Nigerians

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GEJPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Friday pledged to bring perpetrators and sponsors of the bomb explosion that occurred in Abuja on Wednesday “to book”.

He spoke after visiting the scene of the explosion in Wuse II and a hospital where survivors are being treated.

“The perpetrators of this, those who are directly involved and those who sponsor them will surely be brought to book”.

The explosion, which occurred at EMAB plaza, killed at least 21 people and injured several others.

The president also asked Nigerians to be prepared for some inconvenience that may be caused by security operations, saying he is also being affected by the challenge of new security measures every time the need arises.

“I will use this opportunity to continue to plead with our citizens that under such situation, security operatives will come up with different options that sometimes will create some inconvenience for us”, he said.

“Instead of condemning them, let us bear. We all bear some pains, from the highest to the least; because as a President, I may not go to everywhere I would have loved to go, these are some of the challenges I have to face.

“Even for our citizens, under such condition, we have reached some level of restrictions and some pains. Instead of shouting and insulting security operatives, let’s give them maximum cooperation, give them relevant information. All countries that face terror suffer the same thing; citizens give maximum cooperation to the security operatives and help to contain and control, surely we will get over this”, he added.

President Jonathan, who had to cut short his trip to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union’s Summit of Heads of State and Government, as a result of the bomb blast, was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and other top government officials.

The president, who addressed journalists after visiting the Maitama General Hospital, said it is “quite regrettable and extremely painful that when some Nigerians are struggling, thinking about how to contribute to nation development, working very hard to take care of their families, train their children, others are busy planning to kill people, intimidate people, destroy peoples’ property”.

He described the period of the attack and others by the Boko Haram insurgent group as “one of the darkest phases in the history of our nation”.

Boko Haram has been linked with the deaths of over 12, 000 people in northern Nigeria since it took up arms against the state in 2009.

But the Nigerian president said, “we will get over it”, adding that “Some other countries have passed through such cloud before and they were able to overcome it and they were able to sail through. We share the pains of the people who have been directly affected, the pains of their families, but we will surely pass through this ugly phase of our history”.

Mr. Jonathan said he was already on his way out of the country when the explosion occurred.

“We are all mourning. I remember that very day we had a football match to play and all Nigerians were celebrating the Eagles hoping they were going to win,” he said. “Then, this act came up. I was airborne then, it was when I got down in Malabo that I got the information; surely we will get through this”.

At the hospital, a victim of the blast, whose name could not be ascertained, seized the opportunity of the President’s visit to plead for assistance.

The victim, who was injured on his left leg, pleaded with the president to assist him in setting up a befitting business.

“Na recharge card I dey sell for Banex Plaza. Your Excellency, I don’t have a job. See what I go through. Since yesterday I can’t sleep,” the victim said. “I finish school since no Job, I can’t go and steal; na recharge card I dey sell Sir. If you people can help me to start better business to start my life again”. Responding to the unexpected demand, Mr. Jonathan said, “We are happy you are alive. Thank God you are alive. Don’t talk about business now”.

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  1. bimbo

    June 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Dear president, we are used to ur numerous unfulfilled promises!
    We are only waiting for ur time to lapse come 2015 period!

  2. bimbo

    June 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Dear Mr president, we are used to and tired of ur numerous unfulfilled promises!
    We are only waiting for ur time to lapse come 2015 period!

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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