Atiku condemns blasts, Asemota opposes retaliation

Atiku26FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the series of bombings and other acts of violence on Christmas day, which claimed the lives of several innocent Nigerians.

He condoled with families, which lost their loved ones and wished the injured quick recovery.

Atiku, who described as callous the spate of violence at Madalla, Gudaka, Damaturu, Maiduguri and Jos, said there is no cause that can justify the killing of innocent souls.

And as outrage continues to trail the attacks on churches and security formations in some northern states, renowned lawyer, Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN), yesterday urged the Federal Government and Christian leaders to prevail on their members to avoid reprisals “at all cost.”

Asemota described the Christmas day bombings as “a calculated and provocative move to precipitate reprisals, which will open another dimension to the conflict.”

In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja yesterday, Atiku warned that “acts of violence as we are witnessing in the country can lead to retaliatory actions in which more innocents will suffer.

“It can also lead to the erosion of confidence in organised society and government, thereby setting the stage for anarchy,” he said.

Atiku said, “this is precisely the time when our support for the authorities needs to be at its strongest.”

He called on all citizens without bias for religion or ethnicity to be good, kind and supportive of one another in this difficult period.

The former Vice President believes that enlightenment through education, economic empowerment and constructive dialogue could stem the cycle of bloodletting.

Asemota noted that any reprisals would “suit several players and very much help to vindicate budgetary allocation to state security services and forces. Nigeria over the years has developed insecurity to the level of an industry.

“It is true that Christians cannot have a separate police, but that doesn’t mean that they should shut their eyes to the manipulations by those who are bent on establishing an oligarchy under the pretext of islamisation.

“Insecurity is a potent weapon in the hands of the oligarchy. We need to find a civil organisation that will embolden the President to exercise political control over security institutions, which seem to be lacking at present. The present security operatives are the products of military dictatorship and my call is there should not be reprisals; this must be avoided at all costs.”

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