Numerous condemnations yesterday followed the Monday’s bombing of a motor park on New Road, Sabon Gari, Kano, the Kano State capital.
Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the House of Representatives and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and many others, slammed the suicide bombing, which claimed 22 lives and led to the destruction of property whose value is yet to be determined.
In separate statements, Mark and Ekweremadu expressed anger over the incident and wondered why perpetrators of the act chose the path of violence, which they noted, is alien to Nigeria’s culture. Mark in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Kola Ologbondiyan, frowned on the prevalent violence in the North, saying the bombing coming at the time Nigerians were already heaving a sigh of relief from killings by Boko Haram is disturbing.
“This act is condemnable. It is inhuman and barbaric. This is certainly not part of our culture. This is alien. It is forbidden. We cannot live like this. Something serious has gone wrong in the land. We must do well by returning to the basics,” he said.
Also, Ekweremadu described incessant terrorist attacks on Nigeria as “callous, ungodly, atrocious and incongruent with Nigerian cultures and religious faith”.
Ekweremadu called on security agencies to fish out culprits of the crime and prayed “that those behind these wicked acts should come to repentance, embrace dialogue, patriotism and respect for human life as prescribed by our laws, cultures and religious faith”.
Reacting to the incident, the House of Representatives expressed exasperation at the rising spate of terrorist attacks on different parts of the country and tasked the Federal Government to strengthen the capacity of its security and intelligence agencies to halt the attacks and the attendant loss of lives and property.