Twin explosions rocked the city of Kaduna this morning killing about
twenty people. The explosions occured close to a church. Many others
were injured in the bomb attacks.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly denounces this dastardly
act. Coming on a day when Christians are marking Easter Sunday, the
trend follows other attacks during Christmas and the Islamic festival
of Id al-Fitr. We are alarmed that criminal elements are targetting
worshippers during festivities. This is an ugly and unacceptable
practice which should stop forthwith. MURIC therefore calls on those
behind the bombings to cease fire.
MURIC however lays the lion share of the blame squarely on the
doorsteps of the Federal Government for dilly-dallying over the issue
of dialogue with Boko Haram. The latest raid and attempt to arrest the
leader of the group a few days ago is a step in the wrong direction.
It cements the allegation of mediators and intermediaries who claim
that government agents were exploiting the talks to shadow leaders of
Boko Haram. It smacks of deceit and betrayal. These are definitely not
the enviable qualities of gentlemen.
Worse still, such dishonest moves by the Federal Government further
exposes Nigerian citizens to grave dangers. MURIC charges the central
government to take the lives of Nigerians seriously. The primary duty
of government is the provision of security for lives and properties.
Government has a moral problem where it fails to do this. It is
therefore imperative that FG opens a transparent and sincere dialogue
process with the Boko Haram. Peace is paramount in the land for now.
Professor Is-haq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
Be just. Justice is the soul of peace.
No one can deny one and have the other.
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace.