President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.
Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.
He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
President Buhari urged nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”
President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”
“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.
A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.
The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.
There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.
A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.
This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.
Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.
The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom’s second city of Jeddah on Monday.
It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.
Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.
For the first time in Saudi Arabia, a woman has won an election after the kingdom lifted its ban on women’s participation in politics and polls.
Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi won a seat on the municipal council in Mecca province in Saturday’s vote.
Reports also suggested that women have also won in several other regions in the country, including Jeddah and Qatif.
It was the first election where women were allowed to vote and stand as candidates, and is being viewed as a landmark in the conservative kingdom.
However, women in Saudi Arabia still face other public restrictions including driving.
Officials said that a total of 978 women registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.
About 130,000 women had registered to vote in Saturday’s poll, compared with 1.35 million men.
Female candidates were also not allowed to address male voters directly during campaigning.
The decision to allow women to take part was taken by the late King Abdullah and is seen as a key part of his legacy.
In announcing the reforms, King Abdullah said women in Saudi Arabia “have demonstrated positions that expressed correct opinions and advice”.
Before he died in January, he appointed 30 women to the country’s top advisory Shura Council.
There were 2,100 council seats available in Saturday’s vote. An additional 1,050 seats were appointed with approval from the king.