The festive season is upon us once again and for most of us, it is a period to wine, dine, party and visit friends, relatives and loved ones. For others, it is a period of fear, aprehension, sober reflections and sad memories.
Last year, on this day, two bombs exploded during Christmas church service at St. Theresa’s Catholic church in Madalla near Suleja, Niger state killing at least 20 persons and injuring several others.
One of the vehicles was carrying a family leaving the church after church service, the entire family died in the car.
As we celebrate today, let’s remember to pray for the repose of those who died in that horrible attack that marked a water-shed in Boko Haram’s insurgency attacks on Nigerians. Let’s also not forget to pray for families that were affected by the blast – that God continually uphold them in His grace.
Lastly, we must commend the efforts of the security agencies in working round the clock to secure lives and properties; it is not easy. Also, we use this opportunity to call on the leadership at all levels of government, to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly acts to book by summoning the political will – that way, we’ll be ensuring that those who have been killed by Boko Haram do not die in vain.