The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, has warned that the spates of bombings and the attendant insecurity expose the North to risks of underdevelopment.
He said this in Abuja, yesterday, at a ministerial platform during which he called for a minute’s silence for the repose of the soul of those who lost their lives in the Bayero University, Kano attack on Sunday.
The minister noted that Kano had been a commercial city dating back to more than 400 years and added that the attack on the ancient city was an attack on the northern economy and the people of Nigeria in general.
Maku used the opportunity to call on all Nigerians: Muslims, Christians, northerners, southerners to unite and show courage in the fight against terrorism even as he hinted that anytime there was terror, the people suffer.
“I want to seize this opportunity to remind Nigerians that we are living through very difficult times. There are people among us who are determined to set back the hands of progress. We do know that the nation is in the most difficult period where people take it upon themselves to murder fellow citizens for simply no reason, we need to stand up, we need to show courage and determination,” the minister said.
He pointed out that the war was not between Muslims and Christians and asked Nigerians to stand together in situations like this and reveal the people causing this havoc.
He said, “The people who are attacking us are not spirits, they are living with us. All citizens must stand up to reveal who they are and to speak uprightly for peace and security in our country.”
Maku thanked Nigerians for their patience and cooperation with the Jonathan administration.