The apex northern organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has described the twin explosions in Kaduna State yesterday as a national calamity, disservice to humanity and a great shock to the nation “especially in the Holy month of Ramadan”.
ACF spokesman, Mohammed Ibrahim, said in a statement last night that the incident, coming after the Islamic cleric and one of the targets of the explosion, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, had concluded this year’s Tafsir at Murtala Muhammad Square, Kaduna, with prayers for peace and harmony to reign in Nigeria, was worrisome.
The ACF spokesman said the insecurity in the country especially in the North has placed “our people in a state of despair and helplessness; it has also crippled the socio-economic activities of the region”.
He said ACF condemned “in strong term the senseless and inhuman act of terrorism being perpetrated by the insurgents and their collaborators against the Nigerian people especially the Kaduna twin bomb blast where innocent people in pursuit of their legitimate means of livelihood were killed and injured”.
The statement called on the government to decisively use all legitimate means and security apparatus at its disposal to tackle the insecurity situation.
“The need for synergy between the security agencies and the community for intelligence gathering and utilization is necessary in combating this menace”, ACF said.
It also appealed to the insurgents and other terrorists to lay down their arms and embrace peace and dialogue as the killing of innocent people and destruction of their property is not a solution to any perceived injustice or grievance.