EU, Canada Condemn Anniversary Bombing

THE GUARDIAN Newspaper- Oghogho Obayuwana

EUROPEAN Union (EU) and Canada have condemned last Friday’s car bomb blasts, which occurred just as world leaders and Nigerians gathered at the Eagle Square, Abuja, to mark the country’s 50th Independence Day.

EU spokesperson, Catherine Ashton, who is also its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, issued a statement, at the weekend, saying the EU “strongly condemns the bombing that killed and injured innocent people in Abuja, during the celebrations of Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee.”

Ashton, who also is the Union’s Vice President, noted that the blast was “a despicable terrorist act against a democratic society.”

Her statement, made available to The Guardian, by the head of Political, Economic, Trade, Information and Communication Section Delegation of the EU to Nigeria, Belen Calvo Uyarra, stated that the EU extends “her condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria as well as to the families of the victims.”

Also, at the weekend, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Lawrence Cannon, issued a statement strongly condemning the act for which the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has since claimed responsibility.

The Canadian government, which described the act as a fatal terrorist act stated: “Canada strongly condemns the act of terrorism that took place in the Nigerian capital. The perpetrators of the cowardly act struck, just as Nigerians gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their nation’s Independence. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to families and friends of those killed in the bombing, and we wish those injured a swift recovery.”

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deepak Obhrai, who led the Canadian delegation to Abuja, for the event personally extended a message of sympathy to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia, on behalf of Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and all Canadians.

“Canadians stand together with the Nigerian people in deploring this act of terrorism. We will continue to assist the people and government of Nigeria as they strive to improve security and consolidate democracy and the Rule of Law,” the statement added.


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