Mark, Ekweremadu: bombing won’t solve our problems

By IAfrica
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Jul 25th, 2014
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Senate President David Mark yesterday urged those killing innocent Nigerians to stop it.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, the Senate president noted that no matter the disputes among Nigerians, killings should not be seen as the solution.

Also yesterday, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu condemned the bomb attacks.

Mark said violence or killings, rather than solve any problem, aggravated and complicated them.

Mark said the incessant killings and destruction of property would only worsen Nigeria’s economic and socio-political conditions.

He urged the perpetrators to reason and embrace dialogue.

Mark said: “This resort to bestiality without human feeling any more is what cannot be contemplated or tolerated in a descent society. There are a lot of channels, including the law courts or the National Assembly, for any aggrieved person or group of persons to seek redress.

“Resort to killings is inhuman, barbaric and reprehensible. Let us meet at a common ground to solve this problem. Life is too precious to be wasted. I also know that no religion anywhere in the world preaches violence or killing of people.”

The Senate president urged the security agencies not to be deterred by the development but to work harder in the war against terrorism.

He condoled with the bereaved families and advised Nigerians to be more vigilant.

Ekweremadu described the bombings as a double tragedy aimed at the soul of the nation.

A statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, quoted Ekweremadu to have expressed a deep sense of loss over the mass killing and destruction of property by the perpetrators.

The deputy Senate president also expressed solidarity with former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, and the Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, over the bombings.

He noted that those behind the attacks were “unrepentant agents of Satan and desperate schemers bent on throwing the nation into chaos and bloodshed”.

Ekweremadu said: “This is another desperation to aggravate and exploit the nation’s faulty lines. They have attacked churches to set Christians at war with their Muslim brethren, but without success. They unleashed terror on the mosques to set the country aflame, but that too did not work. Thus, the unsuccessful attacks on major opposition and religious leaders were yet another heinous plot to get at the soul of this nation.”

The deputy Senate president called for caution and restraint among politicians to avoid heating up the polity.

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