Terrorists Want To Break Nigerians’ Spirit – Senate

Nigeria-SenateAfter a bomb blast at the Emab Plaza in Abuja on Wednesday, the Nigerian Senate said the sole motives of the terrorists were to break the spirit of Nigerians and instil fear through acts of mass murder and destruction of property. 

Days after the daring attack that killed 24 people and injured many, no one seems to be claiming responsibility for it.

In its plenary, the Senate condemned the attack, describing it as barbaric.

Senate President David Mark asked security operatives not to be deterred by the development but be strengthened to face the challenges of protecting lives and property.

The deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, asked Nigerians to stand firm and united in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

Meanwhile, it was also a sad day in the Senate during the week as lawmakers held a valedictory session in honour of the late senator Dahiru Kuta.

The Senate recommended that the headquarters of the Hydro-electric Power Producing Areas development Commission (HYPADEC) be named after late Senator Dahiru Kuta.

Federal lawmakers described Senator Kuta as a patriotic and selfless legislator who represented his people diligently and left a huge gap not only in the Senate but the in nation.

During the week also, the House of Representatives asked its Committees on Defence, Army, Police, Public Safety and Interior to investigate the alleged harassment of the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, by security operatives on Monday in Kaduna State.

The Speaker was reportedly harassed by security agents at the entrance of a hotel in Kaduna, venue of an international conference organised by the office of the National Security Adviser.

Federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives were not amused by the incident.

It was the first full session by the House of Representatives after their two week recess and the alleged harassment of the speaker of the by some security operatives in Kaduna State, a matter raised as a motion of urgent national importance.

The speaker maintained that no lawmaker was above the law but said it was important to protect the institution of the legislature and not the individuals that are constituted in the Nigerian legislature.

The House of Representatives also summoned the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the new capital base of 35 million Naira set for Bureaux Des Changes operators by the apex bank.

Lawmakers expressed worries that the new policy would send most of the operators out of business and asked the apex bank to suspend the new policy which members tagged elitist.

Just on Monday, 26 June, the Central Bank of Nigeria reviewed its guidelines on the operations of Bureaux Des Changes BDCs which includes an increase in minimum capital requirement for operation from the current 10 million Naira to 35 million, effective from the 15 July.

The apex bank’s reasons for the review was to correct observed deficiencies in the operation of BDCS in Nigeria which they say have led to sharp practices in the foreign exchange market; check the depletion of external reserves, financing of unauthorised transactions and dollarization, among others.

NLC Condemns Abuja Bomb Blast

download (1)The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the Wednesday bomb blast at Emab plaza in the heart of Abuja which left 24 persons dead and several others injured, calling it a “desperate act by evil-minded persons to kill the robust Nigerian spirit by instilling fear in the citizenry”.

A statement signed by the Acting General Secretary of the Congress, Mister Chris Uyot says the bomb blast is a cowardly act which must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

The statement adds that the “perpetrators of the blast are wicked souls and a tiny minority do not represent the Nigerian spirit”.

The congress therefore called for the judicious use of the resources allocated for fighting terror just as it advised Nigerians to be more vigilant by a way of taking basic deterrent measures capable of delaying or preventing terrorists from striking at will.

The congress further advised security agents especially the ones at road check points to resist the temptation of creating vulnerable situations for terrorists to strike by speedily screening vehicles in order to avoid build-ups.

Analysts Recommend Ways To Bring Boko Haram To An End

vlcsnap-2014-06-28-14h33m39s27A security expert, Mr Ladi Thompson, on Saturday urged Nigerians to always remain alert, security conscious and report any strange movements or items to the nearest security agency.

Speaking during Channels Television’s weekend breakfast show, Sunrise, Mr Thompson noted that the bomb blast in Abuja shouldn’t have come to any Nigerian as a surprise.

He said “if anybody was surprised by the bombing in Abuja, it would mean that that person has refused to face the reality of what we have on ground in Nigeria.”

He argued that security operatives were using an inferior tactic in solving the insurgency and bringing the culprits to book. “I would have preferred the Federal Government to diagnose the problem properly and also brace up the nation for the reality on ground, instead of empty promises that cannot be backed up”, he said.

Also speaking on the programme, a public affairs analyst, Mr Dare Ogunlana, noted that there were different approaches to fighting terrorism but noted that using brute and military forces has never solved an insurgency.

He went memory lane to mention the case of Hamas-Hezbollah in Lebanon, stating that “there is no way you can deter them; the only thing you can do is to deter their supporters.”

He berated the inability of the security apparatchik to arrest those behind the insurgency, maintaining that the Boko Haram members have succeeded in confusing Nigerians to engage in the blame game instead of dealing with the insurgency head on.

Mr Bala Zakka also joined the discussion. He noted that the Boko Haram group were out to carry out a vision to “render the country lawless and the government powerless and irrelevant” and have decided “to apply all kind of forces to dislodge any form of human and material on their way to achieve that.”

He warned that though “the foot soldiers (insurgents) have been indoctrinated using the weapon of propaganda and radicalism, the masterminds are sound, educated and probably very strong people in terms of finances and intelligence.” He also warned that negotiation should not be used as a form of bringing the insurgency to an end.

The explosion that occurred on Wednesday, June 25 at a shopping mall, Emab Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja was the third deadly explosion in the Federal Capital Territory, in two months. The explosion killed no fewer than 21 persons and injured 17 others.

Eyewitnesses said that the bomb was placed in front of a taxi at a point where taxis drop passengers going into the plaza. Those affected were, taxi drivers, fruit sellers and passers-by.

The security operatives, however, have arrested two suspects for the blast and they have been taken for interrogation.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, said the Abuja bomb blast occurred simultaneously with another bomb explosion in Mubi, Adamawa State, adding that the insurgents’ attempt to intensify the spate of bombings and killings in parts of the country was calculated to distract and intimidate the President and his government as the 2015 elections draws nearer.

Also in Kaduna, not fewer than 123 people were killed by Fulani gunmen in the continued onslaught on some villages in Sanga Local Government Area, on Wednesday, June the 25. While on Monday, June 23, 38 persons were killed in night raids on two villages, with several persons injured.