Hon Aminu Tambuwal
From Onwuka Nzeshi and Paul Obi in Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, Saturday condemned, in strong terms, last Friday’s attack at a mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, which apparently targeted the lives of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garba El-kanemi and the deputy governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zannah Umar. CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, while condemning the attack which killed five persons and injuring others, including two soldiers, also commiserated with the government and people of Borno State, the leadership of the Borno State Traditional Council and families of those who lost their loved ones in the attack, calling for more concerted efforts in stemming the tide of violence.
A statement made available to THISDAY in Abuja and signed by the Special Assistant to the CAN President on Media, Mr. Kenny Ashaka, said this is why Oritsejafor posited that there is a world of difference between Islam and Islamicism.
Tambuwal, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, described the attack as callous and inhuman, saying the incident which claimed five lives had clearly shown that the Boko Haram attacks were not targeted at Christians alone. He extended his condolence to the government and people of Borno State, especially the families of those who lost their lives.
Tambuwal said all men of good will must rise to confront the Boko Haram menace before the group wrecked more havoc in the country.
According to Tambuwal, the attacks were meant to destroy us (Nigerians) as a people as no religion condones taking of innocent life under whatever guise. He urged the security agencies to rise to the occasion by fishing out the perpetrators of these attacks and bring them to justice.