The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) national headquarters has called on the Muslim Ummah to be prayerful on a daily basis to curb the menace of Boko Haram in particular and other security challenges that have bedeviled the nation.
According to a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by the secretary-general, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, JNI said: “having gathered the necessary information on the Sunday, April 8, 2012, bomb blast that rocked Kaduna State leaving many innocent dead and more injured, we make this statement to commiserate with the bereaved families and the Kaduna State government”.
“Similarly, information so far collated reveals that Muslims were the worst hit; therefore, we say ‘Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un’, May Allah’s forgiveness and mercy be showered on all the deceased.
In addition, the JNI called on the Muslim Ummah to be prayerful on a daily basis “as taught by the best of mankind, Prophet Muhammad (SAW), to curb this menace that has bedeviled the nation”.
JNI also called on all the relevant authorities to bring to book the perpetrators of such atrocious acts. “As we’ve reiterated, the perpetrators should be brought to book and should face the law accordingly.”
Bombings destroying Nigeria — Abdulsalami
Meanwhile, former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has said that the incessant bombings rocking some parts of the country were unnecessarily destroying the country.
Abdusalami, who spoke yesterday when the Niger State commissioner of police, Mrs. Desire Nsirim, paid him a courtesy call at his hilltop residence, lamented the state of insecurity in the nation.
He noted that even Niger State which used to be a peaceful state had become a source of insecurity owing to the recent bombings rocking Suleja, although he admitted that the state was still relatively peaceful.
He said that the state of insecurity has overstretched the police force which, he added, necessitated the call for the government to give the police force more logistics and equipment to be able to cope with the security challenges.
He, however, commended the police for the efforts made so far in mitigating the security challenges in the country while sympathizing with the rank and file of the police force who were more vulnerable.
Abubakar wished the commissioner well in the discharge of her duty in the state, and assured her of support.
Earlier, the commissioner said she was on the visit to solicit the support of the former head of state and other prominent sons and daughters of the state for better policing of the state and to ensure the security of life and property.
We are on top of the situation — Military
Despite the occasional strikes of Boko Haram, the military said yesterday that it was on top of the situation, assuring the populace that the war against the sect would soon be over.
At a press briefing by the Joint Security Information Managers Committee (JSIMC) on the security situation in the country, the panel claimed that the military had frustrated many plots of the fundamentalists but regretted the media pays much attention to the periodical strikes of the sect.
Speaking on behalf of the committee in Abuja, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas disclosed that the joint task forces that are out to smoke the sect members out of their hideouts have been recording so many successes and said the military only keep most of these outstanding landmarks to themselves for tactical reasons.
“We are winning the war against the terrorists. The security agencies are on top of the game. We have recorded so many successes but keep most of them to ourselves since we are not out to blow our own trumpets. We only disclose some of them to the media. The war against terrorists would soon be over.
The once-in-a-while strike being recorded has to do with where the people failed to give us the vital information to arrest the situation before they perform their nefarious activities,” Anas said.
In her own contribution, the spokesperson for the State Security Service, Mrs Marilyn Ogar argued that there was no country that is violence-free; instead the security agencies try as much as possible to contain them. She recalled how the American government sustains “We are winning war on terrorism” as a slogan.