Christmas Day Attacks an “Unwarranted Affront” – President Jonathan Condemns Violence in the North
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has released a press statement, following the deadly Christmas Day bombings, condemning the attacks in Madalla, Jos and Damaturu.
The violent attacks, which occurred at worship places and security agencies in the nation’s turbulent north, have claimed over 30 lives.
Jonathan condemned the attacks, saying the bombing of innocent citizens on a day millions of people all over the World are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians.
“These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom,” the President said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, adding that “Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them.”
In the statement, President Jonathan expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Churches and families who lost their loved ones to the attacks. “I ask God, in His infinite mercies, to grant these innocent souls eternal rest, and give their families the fortitude to bear this painful loss,” he said.
Regretting that the unfortunate incidents had spoiled the celebratory mood across the land, the President assured Nigerians that his government remained resolute in resolving the security challenges that confront the nation.
“I want to reassure all Nigerians that Government will not relent in its determination to bring to justice all the perpetrators of today’s acts of violence and all others before now,” the President said.