The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Tuesday described Monday's bomb attack on Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, as a national calamity.
ACF, in a statement in Kaduna by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, condemned the action, saying it was inhuman and senseless.
It called on the insurgents and other aggrieved groups to embrace dialogue to ensure peace in the country.
It said: “The killing of innocent people and destruction of their property is not a solution to any perceived injustice or grievance.
“In the last six years, Nigeria has experienced many cases of security challenges like bomb blast, insurgency and gunmen attacks, communal and religious clashes that have culminated into huge loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.
“The present insecurity situation in the country, especially in the Northern region, has placed our people in a state of hopelessness and helplessness and crippled the socio-economic activities of the region.
“The measures put in place by various levels of government, including a state emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, to combat the activities of insurgents and terrorists have not yielded the desired result.
“This is grave and worrisome considering the frequency of attacks which has become a daily affair with colossal loss of lives and property."
The pan Northern group condemned the attack on Abuja and urged the federal government to do all within its power to guarantee the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.
“ACF hereby condemns in strong term the senseless and inhuman act of terrorism being perpetrated by the insurgents and their collaborators against the Nigerian people, especially the bomb blast at Nyanya, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where innocent people in pursuit of their legitimate means of livelihood were killed and injured.
“ACF calls on the federal government to decisively use all legitimate means and security apparatus at its disposal to tackle the insecurity that is gradually destroying our corporate existence as a nation.
“The need for synergy between the security agencies and the community for intelligence gathering and utilisation is necessary in combating this menace.
“Once more, ACF wishes to appeal 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.
“ACF commiserates with the bereaved families and those injured by the bomb blast and urges the FCT Administration and the Nasarawa State Government to provide free medical treatment to the injured persons,” ACF added.