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Aliyu to Jonathan: go after Boko Haram sponsors


Blast Victims 178907024Niger State Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fish out the sponsors of the Boko Haram Islamic sect and punish them for their evil activities. 

The governor prayed that the nation’s political leadership and security agencies would have the courage to take decisive action against sponsors of the dreaded group to end the incessant bombings across the country. 

He spoke after visiting the families of the victims of the Christmas Day bombing at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla.

Aliyu said it is high time the sponsors of the Islamic sect were told that “enough is enough”. 

The governor, who was on his first visit to the scene of the Sunday blast, said: “I pray that God will give Mr. President, all of us in leadership position and security agencies, the courage to take the right decision and to declare to the sponsor of this dastard acts that enough is enough. 

“The sponsors are out there. It is high time. We must go out and get them. What happened here at Madalla should be the catalyst for ending Boko Haram insurgence in the country.” 

Urging victims of the explosion to avoid retaliation, Aliyu noted that through vengeance, “you will be falling into the plan of these evil perpetrators”. 

The governor described the sponsors and perpetrators as “terrorists” who sought to gain public attention by creating fear, disunity and chaos.

He said Nigerians must rise up against them, cautioning, however, against retaliation. 

Aliyu said: “We should not fall into their trap by retaliating, because it will lead to a vicious circle. If we retaliate, we are taking the place of God. Let us allow the law to take its course.” 

Aliyu, who was in company of his deputy, four members of the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Assembly and members of the State Executive Council, assured victims of the explosion of government’s assistance. 

“We shall ensure that those who suffer loss as a result of the explosion are compensated. All the damaged buildings shall be properly reconstructed,’’ Aliyu said.

It was at that point that his attention was drawn to a woman, Mrs. Chioma Dike who lost her husband and five children to the bomb blast. 

Moved by the development, the governor set up an inter-ministerial special committee with the Chairman Suleja local government as member to carry out assessment and recommend how victims can be assisted. 

The Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Rev. Father Isaac Achi told the governor that  22 bodies of his members were picked up after the explosion, besides  those who died in the hospital. 

Achi said the Boko Haram insurgence, which started as political, has become religious.

He urged the government to suppress the activities of the sect, saying: “Boko Haram is a group; it cannot be more than the government. A decisive action should be taken against the group.”

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