Buhari, others call for decisive action against terrorism

2011-06-17
THE PUNCH Newspaper

The presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has condemned Thursday’s Abuja bomb blast and called for a decisive action against terrorism.



Similarly, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum and the Patriotic Alliance of Nigeria have described the spate of bomb blasts across the country as an indictment of the nation’s security forces.



The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja, in which two persons reported died and 73 vehicles were damaged.



Buhari told NAN through his spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, that “it is unfortunate that Nigeria is fast becoming a terrorist state.’’



“The episodic recurrences of bomb blasts in Nigeria are beginning to instill fears in Nigerians, which is very unhealthy for the nation.



“There must be sustained and coordinated efforts to get to the root of these dastardly acts.”



Also, the President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, alleged that there must be a leakage within the security agencies.



“Those behind these bomb blasts are working to sabotage the efforts of the Federal Government,” he said.



According to him, the security agencies must buckle up because the spate of the bomb blasts indicate that they (Security agencies) have not lived up to people’s expectations.



“It is shameful and sad that such an incident occurred within the heart of the Nigeria Police Force,’’ the Arewa Youth President said.



Speaking on behalf of PAN, an association of opposition political parties, its coordinator, Chief Maxi Okwu, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately remove the National Security Adviser.



Okwu said, “There is a need for the President to reshuffle the entire security apparatus in Nigeria and bring in modern Nigerians to take charge of the situation.



“The people at the helm of affairs are used to old methods, but security system has changed. In modern security, which is ICT- friendly, security operatives must be 10 steps ahead of criminals.”







 

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