Buhari, Jonathan, PDP Condemn Xmas Day Bombing of Churches

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By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan, former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  are among eminent Nigerians and institutions who have condemned the Christmas Day church blasts in several states of northern Nigeria.

“These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom,” the President said in a statement by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, adding, “Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them.”

In his response, General Buhari said, "Bombing other human beings to death at any time is callous. It becomes much more reprehensible on a Christmas day and all lovers of peace must condemn these gruesome acts and demand that the perpetrators be fished out and brought to book."

The bombings took place at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State; Jos, Plateau State; and Damaturu, Yobe State.

In a statement, the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, on behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC), condemned what he called “this recourse to extremist ideologies in a multi-religious and multi-cultural society such as ours and urge our people to take the path of dialogue rather than violence.”

Regretting that the unfortunate incidents had spoiled the celebratory mood across the land, President Jonathan assured Nigerians that his government remained resolute in resolving the security challenges that confront the nation.

“I want to reassure all Nigerians that Government will not relent in its determination to bring to justice all the perpetrators of today’s acts of violence and all others before now,” he said.

In his comments, General Buhari expressed worry about the “seeming mute indifference” of the Nigerian authorities to today’s events.

"How on earth would the Vatican and the British authorities speak before the Nigerian government on attacks within Nigeria that have led to the deaths of our citizens?” he asked.  “This is clearly a failure of leadership at a time the government needs to assure the people of the capacity to guarantee the safety of lives and property."

He called on the Nigerian government to rise up to the challenge of security in our country and not to believe that it's just about voting almost a quarter of the budget to security.

"You can devote the entire budget to security and there won't be any result if there is no competence in leadership to know what to do at the right time," he said. 

Just yesterday, SaharaReporters broke the story of police awareness of preparations Fulanis in Kaduna State and the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, to carry out attacks in November to December.  The United States had also previously alerted the Nigerian government of plans by Boko Haram to attack selected locations, but the government dismissed the alert.

In a recent statement, a former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, made the disquieting statement that the Nigeria Police is no match for Boko Haram. 
 

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Ibrahim, if I were you, I will be ashamed of myself....How many religions do you think exist in this world? Now tell me, what is the only religion in this world that kills and open the wombs of pregnant woman and burn children before their parents? There is only one religion that has the guts to raise people to do that carnage. If you and I talk spiritual talk, you are most likely to draw a sword or a gun to hurt me on simple and trivial matters. You dont need to try to convince the world about how tolerant your religion is, because no one is a mull. All eyes can see, and ears can hear the news all over the world on a daily basis
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Ibrahim, if I were you, I will be ashamed of myself....How many religions do you think exist in this world? Now tell me, what is the only religion in this world that kills and open the wombs of pregnant woman and burn children before their parents? There is only one religion that has the guts to raise people to do that carnage. If you and I talk spiritual talk, you are most likely to draw a sword or a gun to hurt me on simple and trivial matters. You dont need to try to convince the world about how tolerant your religion is, because no one is a mull. All eyes can see, and ears can hear the news all over the world on a daily basis
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I WILL GET DOWN TO YOUR LEVEL MR. ANONYMOUS AND ASK HOW MANY MOSQUES DO YOU HAVE IN THE VATICAN? THE VATICAN IS A HOLY CITY OF CHRISTIANS WITH ITS OWN LAWS, ITS FLAG AND ITS ARMY. THERE ARE RESTRICTED PARTS OF THE CITY THAT ONLY A CERTAIN LEVEL OF PRIESTHOOD ARE ALLOWED! THAT IS NOT INTOLERANCE ITS THE RULE. SIMILARLY SAUDI ARABIA IS A RELIGIOUS COUNTRY WITH ITS LAWS, FLAG AND ITS ARMY. THERE ARE RULES ONE OF WHICH IS PEOPLE WHO DONT RECOGNISE ONE GOD AND MUHAMMAD AS THE PROPHET CANNOT ENTER THE CITY OF MECCA AND MADINA. SO IF YOU WALK UP TO THE GATE OF MECCA AS A CHRISTIAN NO ONE WILL TELL YOU NOT TO ENTER THEY ASSUME YOU ARE MUSLIM AND YOU CAN ENTER. INFACT YOU CAN CALL UP SECURITY TELL THEM YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN AND SAY " I BELIEVE THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND MUHAMMAD IS HIS MESSENGER" AND THEY MUST ALLOW YOU TO ENTER.

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ACF and PDP Leaders in the north have shown by their silence to the Boko Haram Menace that they are opportunist and cowards not fit to be called opinion leaders. While PDP leaders are concerned with collecting shameful crumbs from the government and lacing their juicy pockets with estacodes, ACF leaders are chasing shadows of deceit and complicity with their endless resolutions and hidden agenda. Time will tell!

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How many more lives have been lost to the Hausa-Fulani butchery since our execution in 1990? Obviously they run into their tens of thousands. We knew this would happen and that was what we wanted to prevent. Because of the possibility of failure we wanted to leave the message which some termed unacceptable and others, premature.

Nigerians can be forgiven for failure to understand the necessity of excising those states in 1990. But now, how many millions of lives, how much destruction of property, infrastructure and places of worship will it take to convince skeptics that excision is the only way to stop it.

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I hate to be dragged to religious issue, but I need to respond to your comment about the tolerance in Islam. Anywhere there is Islam there is always trouble. If you say Christianity does not tolerate, go to Isreal, there are mosques there, and muslims. How many church have you people allowed in Saudi? All the terror groups in the world are of islamic groups.If Islam is spreading, is because other religion allow it. Why are U fighting other religions? Osama and co are muslims and many others. You pple should be ashamed. Islam is not a religion of peace as U pple say. I know all of U are just condemning the BokoHaram, inwardly you are happy that you are depleting the population of christians. All of you will roast in hell if you do not repent. Muslims be ashamed of yourself for once.

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The issue of book haram already has passed this is a plan of CAN to destroyed Muslim we are aware and we shall take solution soon

Our comment signifies division

The politicians are seriously using Pastors and this most stop for d benefit of national unity. I was born and brought up in core north but no islamic leader has ever tell me as a youth to fight or hate non muslims. I wonder why christians act on hear say. Pls d youths should not listen to our old men rather the elders.

RE:All faiths can live peacefully together..

"I question the wisdom in allowing the rule of a theocratic law to operate in some states in a federation of states, which should have one law for all,....

THE CONSTITUTION ALLOW FOR SHARIA IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY IT ALLOWS FOR CUSTOMARY LAW I.E. ON CERTAIN ASPECTS OF PEOPLES LIVES! THE POLITICIANS CAME AND MADE IT LOOK LIKE SHARIA AS A WHOLE IS ALLOWED FOR IN THE CONSTITUTION.

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RE:@IBRAHIM SAAD..,is press release by Yinka sufficient?

IFEANYI YOU ARE TRUE TO TYPE. I HAVE SAID BEFORE THAT THE ISSUE OF BUHARI NOT CONDEMNING THE ATTACK IS NOT ABOUT BUHARI OR THE CONDEMNATION OR LACK OF IT, IT IS SOLELY ABOUT A FAKE, CORRUPT, CLUELESS, LEADER SUDDENLY FINDING HIMSELF AT A POINT WHERE DECISION IS NEEDED THAT WILL AFFECT MILLIONS. NOT KNOWING WHAT OR HOW TO TAKE THAT DECISION HE LOOKS AROUND FOR A PATSY. BUHARI AND SEVERAL OTHERS WERE THERE FOR HIM TO SELECT.

SO IF BUHARI SHOULD MAKE HIS PRESS STATEMENT IN A MOSQUE BECAUSE ALMAJIRIS DONT READ NEWS PAPERS HOW MANY OF THEM WILL HEAR HIM IN ONE MOSQUE? ARE YOU SUGGESTING HE GOES TO EVERY FRIDAY MOSQUE IN NIGERIA AT THE SAME TIME TO MAKE A PRONOUNCEMENT?

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Everybody can utter whatever

Everybody can utter whatever the like,but we muslim know that truth will be prevailed.The people behind this dastardly act will be expose.This is bcos there is no justification for this in AL'QURAN and HADITH.I will just appeal to my MUslim UMmah disregard comments made by religious on this page.

Religious bigot has no place here

We don't need a religion bigot people like you.Are you not . Are you not having allegiance to Jesus as a xtian instead of almighty God.Do you recognised other religion aside xtianity.I expect to quote a Quran verse which forbid muslim from having a cordial relationship with people from other religion,if there is any .There is no dogamstim in Islam as it is obtainable other religion .It is better to have more wives than having a wife @ home but numerous concubine outside.Terrorism has no place in islam.If those people are muslim why should they be killing any muslim that preaches agains them.People like u preaches peace verbally but your action and attitude encourage and promote pandemonium.Allah is the almighty God create heaven and heart.Don't just listen to lies that your pastor are inculcating in your memory(dogmatism).Engage yourself in religious reading.That is why Islam is spreading like wildfire in Europe and America.

Religious bigot has no place here

We don't need a religion bigot people like you.Are you not .Are you not having allegiance to Jesus as a xtian instead of almighty God.Do you recognised other religion aside xtianity.I expect to quote a Quran verse which forbid muslim from having a cordial relationship with people from other religion,if there is any .There is no dogamstim in Islam as it is obtainable other religion .It is better to have more wives than having a wife @ home but numerous concubine outside. It sadened us that you don't know people hide under religion to forment trouble.Terrorism has no place in islam.If those people are muslim why should they be killing any muslim that preaches agains them.Your write up show that you are far away from trends of things in this country.Please stop compounding the issue on ground.People like preaches peace verbally but your action and attitude encourage and promote pandemonium.

Religious bigot has no place here

We don't need a religion bigot people like you.Are you not .Are you not having allegiance to Jesus as a xtian instead of almighty God.Do you recognised other religion aside xtianity.I expect to quote a Quran verse which forbid muslim from having a cordial relationship with people from other religion,if there is any .There is no dogamstim in Islam as it is obtainable other religion .It is better to have more wives than having a wife @ home but numerous concubine outside. It sadened us that you don't know people hide under religion to forment trouble.Terrorism has no place in islam.If those people are muslim why should they be killing any muslim that preaches agains them.Your write up show that you are far away from trends of things in this country.Please stop compounding the issue on ground.People like preaches peace verbally but your action and attitude encourage and promote pandemonium.

@mosesE. The only sponsor we've seen so far is from pdp

The only sponsor so far is a pdp senator (Ali ndume) which has been released on bail so leave buhari out of it,we know  the killers sponsors are in the pdp.

Yakubu, stupid comments from

Yakubu, stupid comments from foolish people like you. What do you know about islam? If your people are violent, don't blame it on islam.

The West have been making calculated attempts to destabilise Nigeria for their own gain.

Look at what happened in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, to name a few.

In Nigeria, christians lived peacefully with muslims until the imported born again syndrome was brought to the country.

Foolish people need to think deeply before writing inflammatory comments.

Yakubu i blv u are a fool who

Yakubu i blv u are a fool who dosnt know what christianity is.If u are so foolish enough u shuldnt hav mak that foolish coment of ur.Hw can u discrib d genocid that occored in jos sometimes ago.I blv u are among zombees that ate the flesh of an innocent muslims in jos.I pray God 2 deliva u 4rm desease that u are sufferin 4rm.

Northern politicians should be investigated

the problem of nigeria is not the boko harams but the politicians who use religion to divide the common man. the fill the brains of these illiterates with wrong idealogy and they go out there killing innocient citizen. the government should fish out these evil northern politicians and try them and if found guilty kill them because they have shed enough innocent blood

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