Tuesday, 15 April 2014

News Release: It Is Time To Move Against Terror Patrons




Afenifere is distressed by the Monday bomb blast in Nyanya,a sprawling settlement on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) in a renewed widening of terror strikes in the country.
 
The early morning dastardly act left scores of innocent Nigerians dead while several people were severely injured and lying critical in different hospitals across the capital city.

Our hearts go to the families of the dead just as we pray for the quick recovery of  the wounded and the maimed and the repose if the souls of those who have been hurriedly dispatched to the great beyond.
The latest blast in Abuja is a continuation of the orgy of  orchestrated violence in the Northern part of Nigeria which has been claiming huge casualties on a sustained basis.
 
Afenifere is of the firm conviction that we have had enough of mere wailings  and mournings .This is the time to move against the  spread of terror and the wasting of precious lives that has become a daily ritual in our beleaguered country.

We cannot continue to pretend that our security agencies do not have a faint idea of the enablers and sponsors of terror in the land.The president at some point hinted that the terror machine had infiltrated critical sectors of government while the Gaji Galmatiri report has also identified some elements that are linked with the gestation of the blood-letting terror group.The Federal Government owes it a duty to the peace of the country to bring to justice all those who have been linked to insurgency without further delay.

It is the absence of a nexus between crime and punishment that is setting the hearts of men to continue to wax strong in iniquity.

We must also address the irresponsibility of elites on the insurgency in the land.We condemn the attitude that suggests that  sections of the political elites in particular  express covert support for Boko Haram because of the short sighted view that the reign of terror would aid their desires to get political power.Let them consult those who incubated the "original"  Boko  Haram for power purpose if they can sleep with two eyes closed today.

We need to see outright condemnations of what Boko Haram is doing by the Northern elites in particular rather than the politically correct utterances in the ears of the Bokos that we currently hear every now and then.
The government must chart a new course in the fight against terror while the whole country must rise across political divides to stop this insurgency which must be seen as a Nigerian issue before it sets a total conflagration that may consume all.

Lastly, it is important to mobilize  and educate the citizenry on the wave of terror in the country and let everyone know where to plug in as we strive to rid our country of the mind-boggling festival of bloodshed that dehumanizes us as a people .
 
Yinka Odumakin
National Publicity Secretary.

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