The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has condemned the spate of bombings in the country, describing it as “a great tsunami capable of threatening the foundation of the country.’’
A statement signed by the group’s National Chairman, Mr Moshood Erubami, in Ibadan yesterday stated that the bombings were gradually becoming the normal means of expressing dissent “which is dangerously assuming an intolerable dimension.’’
It noted that the act must be condemned by all peace-loving Nigerians, and pleaded with law-abiding citizens to resist the temptation of using violence to ventilate their grievances on fellow Nigerians.
The statement added that ``the bombings in Abuja and Maiduguri, which claimed innocent lives, is a big challenge to the intelligence gathering capacity of the country’s security agencies.’’
The group expressed regret over the ease with which crimes of bombing and kidnapping were committed in the face of unwholesome excuses from agencies saddled with the responsibility to safeguard the citizenry.
It stated that “the recurring acts of unjustifiable bombings in the country can no longer be tolerated if the country will be said to be fulfilling its primary obligation of providing security of life and property, according to the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended.
“It is a pity that Nigerian leaders have tragically watched the country graduate from militancy to kidnapping and now bombings, terminating the lives of innocent people at the will of those expressing dissent on their perceived oppressors.
“It is time Nigerians rose from their slumber and assumed their historical duties of making security the business of all, and not leaving it in the hands of the law enforcement agencies alone before it becomes too late to curtail.’