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Confab delegates condemn Abuja explosion

15 April 2014, 10:40

Abuja - Some delegates to the National Conference have condemned Monday's explosion at a motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The delegates also called for improved security for the lives and property of Nigeria.

Reverend Nnimmo Bassey, representing Civil Society Organisations, described the attack as "criminal, evil, satanic and horrible".

"The terrorists have been going about killing innocent Nigerians just like the one that just happen to those travelling from Nyanya motor park.

"This is embarrassing, objectionable and very sad commentary on Nigeria in this stage of our development,’’Bassey said.

He described the insurgency as a conspiracy against the nation by those who do not want Nigeria to exist or be a failed state by 2015, adding that this must not be allowed to happen.

"Nigeria is bigger than anybody or any group of people that want to see the demise of this nation.

"The best revenge we can have is to ensure that we have security and those instigating this kind of violence are exposed,’’ he said.

Bassey also called for engagement of more for decisive actions to curb insurgency in the country.

He said the actions must include the use of security services, educating the public on how to detect suspicious movement and objects to enable them protect themselves.

Mike Ahamba, an Elder Statesman at the conference, described the explosion as very unfortunate.

He said the action was perpetrated by   people who have no respect and value for human life.

"In fact they prefer to save the life of chicken than to save the live of another Nigerian. It is very sad.

"They call it terrorism, this is what we call gorilla warfare which lasts long because you don’t know where your enemy is.

"Your enemy might be the person planning how to deal with the matter, you will never know,’’ he said.

Ahamba said that there should be no politicisation of issues that affected human life.

He stressed the need for everybody to be more concern about insurgency in the country while government should also step up its approaches in curbing attacks on its citizens.

Annkio Briggs, a Federal Government delegate, who condole with the families of those who lost lives to terrorists’ attacks, said there was need to identify those behind the killings.

Briggs said it was yet to be categorically established that the perpetrators of the evil were either Nigerians or non-Nigerians.

"What we do know is that Nigerians are being killed on daily basis. What is happening here is serious attack on the lives of Nigerians and Nigeria as a nation.

"Until we are able to know who these people are and what they want Nigeria is at total risk of destruction but by whom we don’t know,’’ Briggs said.

 - NAN

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