Jonathan condemns Kaduna blasts
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the explosions that rocked Kaduna State on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President described the attack which appeared to have targeted former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, as an odious attempt to inflame passions and exacerbate disquiet in the land.
“President Jonathan denounces the dastardly targeting of the prominent political and religious leaders by terrorists and enemies of the nation in an odious attempt to inflame passions and exacerbate disquiet, fear, insecurity and sectional divisions in the country,” the statement said.
While thanking God for sparing the lives of Buhari and the cleric, the President also extended sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed by the blasts.
“President Jonathan commiserates with all those who were injured in the twin bombings in this Holy Month of Ramadan which defy the tenets of Islam, and provide further proof that the terrorists are nothing but blood-thirsty extremists bent on undermining the unity and progress of the nation.
“The President assures residents of Kaduna and all other Nigerians that the Federal Government will continue and further intensify its ongoing efforts to effectively curb the menace of terrorism in the country.
“He has specifically directed the police and other national security agencies to take all necessary actions to apprehend the perpetrators of today’s attacks on Kaduna and urges all residents of the city to give them the fullest possible cooperation and support as they work to bring the terrorists to justice,” the statement added.
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