Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some People Allege That APC Could Have Arranged The Assasination Attempt on Buhari?

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General Mohammadu Buhari, former head of state of Nigeria narrowly escaped death yesterday in Kaduna, and some political commentators have asked how much of a coincidence it is that the attack is coming just days after Buhari and President Jonathan, as well as their respective political parties, exchanged some bitter political ripostes?

I never like it when people make deaths and sad situations political, taking away from lost lives of real human beings, and families mourning their own.

But in answer to such doubters, can we focus on the almost 100 dead and scores more in hospital?

Also, two key Northern leaders were attacked yesterday, and if this is the work of Boko Haram, then all hands have to be on deck on how to bring the menace of the insurgents under control.

The terrorists have said they will murder even Muslims, like Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and Buhari, who speak out against them and so IMO this has their fingerprints all over it. We can only thank God for saving the lives of these two men even as we mourn those lost. Imagine the jubilation in the BH camp if they had suceeded?

I'm glad the President wasted no time in condeming the attacks, with the statehouse coming out with their statement scant hours afters the attacks, and being unwavering on who the common enemy is.

Read the statement;

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan condemns the bombings in Kaduna today which appeared to have targeted former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.

President Jonathan denounces the dastardly targeting of the prominent political and religious leaders by terrorists and enemies of the nation in an odious attempt to inflame passions and exacerbate disquiet, fear, insecurity and sectional divisions in the country.
While thanking God Almighty for sparing the lives of General Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, the President extends sincere condolences to the families of those who were sadly killed by the bomb blasts.

President Jonathan also commiserates with all those who were injured in the twin bombings in this Holy Month of Ramadan which defy the tenets of Islam, and provide further proof that the terrorists are nothing but blood-thirsty extremists bent on undermining the unity and progress of the nation.

The President assures residents of Kaduna and all other Nigerians that the Federal Government will continue and further intensify its ongoing efforts to effectively curb the menace of terrorism in the country.

He has specifically directed the Police and other national security agencies to take all necessary actions to apprehend the perpetrators of today’s attacks on Kaduna and urges all residents of the city to give them the fullest possible cooperation and support as they work to bring the terrorists to justice.

 Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

July 23, 2014

And this is General Buhari's statement:

"I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today along Ali Akilu Road, Kawo – Kaduna about 2:30pm on my way to Daura.

The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car but was blocked by my escort vehicle. We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly denoted the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy.

Continue...Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle I saw many dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder.

Thank God for His mercy, I came out unhurt but with three of my security staff sustaining minor injuries – they have been treated in hospital and discharged.

Signed: General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) GCFR”

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