Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he ``wholeheartedly condemned’’ the recent terrorist attacks in Kano and Adamawa states.
The president also denounced the kidnap of Seini Lamine, the Lamido of Kolofata in Northern Cameroon, and the wife of the vice- prime minister of Cameroon, by Boko Haram insurgents.
Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said in a statement that Jonathan described the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in Kano within 24 hours of each other as shocking and reprehensible.
The media reports that Kano has witnessed multiple bomb attacks by Boko Haram elements, using female suicide bombers, since Sunday.
The president said that the attacks were callous considering the fact that they came at a time Muslims were observing the holy festival of Eid-el-Fitr.
“Jonathan notes that the deployment of young women as suicide bombers represents a new low in the inhuman campaign by these terrorists.”
“It is an expression of utter disregard for the dignity of the female gender as well as a wicked exploitation of the girl-child,” the statement said.
The president also noted that the abduction of the Lamido of Kolofata and the wife of the vice-premier of Cameroon, clearly underscored the regional security threat that Boko Haram had become.
Jonathan welcomed the recent resolve by the Defence Ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger to further strengthen existing partnerships.
It said that the partnerships were aimed at forestalling “the desperate attempt by misguided elements to turn the sub-region into a battleground for terrorism and radical extremism.”
“Jonathan urges the security forces to remain resolute, and not be discouraged by the desperation of the agents of evil.”
“He believes that with the continued cooperation between Nigeria’s security forces and their counterparts in neighbouring countries, the war against terror will surely be won.”
“He commiserates with the families of all those who lost their loved ones in the Kano and Adamawa attacks and wishes the injured speedy recovery,’’ the statement said.