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.
The Chief Political Officer of the US Consulate in Lagos; Rolf Olsen has described the last four years as being “a combative four years in the White House” for President Barack Obama as the Democrats and the Republicans in the Congress were rarely on the same page on different issues.
He made this known, while explaining that governance in the United States was about checks and balances on the special edition of Sunrise Daily on the the 2012 US Presidential Election.
On the re-election of President Obama, Mr Olsen said it is a closely contested election and that there is no parliamentary system in the US where one party gets full control of the parliament.
Though he admitted the possibility of such happening, but he said it cannot happen automatically.
A former head of the Hausa service of the Voice of America, Sunday Dare has claimed that President Barack Obama’s victory speech after his re-election was targeted at uniting Americans because a whole lot of issues brought division into the country before the elections.
Mr Dare was on ground with Sunrise Daily to react to the re-election of President Obama.
He also noted that Obama’s speech is aimed at bringing every American on board to let the American Democracy blossom, be it a Republican or Democrat, to put behind the election and forge ahead.