The Guardian (Lagos)

25 July 2014

Nigeria: Kaduna Blasts Meant to Cause Another Civil War in Nigeria, Says Sani

LEADER of Northern Civil Society Coalition, Mallam Shehu Sani has said that the Kaduna twin bomb explosions that were targeted against former Head of State, retired General Muhammadu Buhari and prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi were meant aimed at causing another civil war in the country.

Sani urged the Federal Government to ensure that the insecurity in the country was put to an end to save the nation from further danger.

Meanwhile, Buhari, who has lamented the bomb explosions, wondered why anyone would engage in an assassination attempt on his life while he

pursues issues that would unite the people of Nigeria and end the insurgency in the country.

Sani in a statement Friday said, "the multiple bombings in Kaduna which targeted Buhari and Bauchi and that of Kano stand unreservedly condemned," stressing that "the assassination attempt once again demonstrated the annihilating danger faced by the Nigerian state."

According to him, "the attack if successful could have triggered a serious civil unrest of which the architect must have intended to achieve," adding that "the ongoing insurgency and the overall security situation in the country should be a matter of concern to all."

Sani argued: "With the attack on these two prominent Nigerians, it is evidently clear now that we are in a situation where everyone is vulnerable. The series of campaign and violence is the most imminent and concrete threat to Nigeria's unity, freedom and democracy.

"For how long should we continue to harvest the corpses of innocent victims of mass murder? There is the absolute need for national unity and solidarity in tackling the menace. Violence will continue as long as there is no exigent national cohesion to combat it. Political bickering and blame game between the Government and the opposition and warmongering between the north and the south helps in sustaining the violence."

Sani noted that "it's utterly wrong for the ruling party to ascribe the ongoing insurgency to the opposition without any iota of proof to that effect and it's utterly false for anyone to concoct conspiracy theory that links President Jonathan or the Federal Government to attacks that clearly and evidently have the hallmark of insurgents."

He added: "We have a crisis at hand and a historic challenge to address it. These are special moments in the history of our nation, which appeals to our conscience and concern and needs our convergence.

"The ill-wind of violence is threatening to uproot the standing pillar that upholds our national flag; we must all lend our hand and defy these gusting forces."

Apparently disturbed by the attempt to assassinate him, Buhari said that he doesn't know the motive behind the attempt against his life up till now.

According to Buhari, nobody had called or written him any letter to threaten his life before the unfortunate attempt on his life last Wednesday.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA) monitored in a Kaduna, Buhari regretted the death of innocent people who were at the scene of the blast.

He said: "Nobody had written me or called to threaten me, the incidence took me by surprise. All I can say is that these talks about Boko Haram and the controversy surrounding the removal of some governors, this politics surrounding the attempt to remove some governors...it's politicised and they continue to make people to suffer. If it reaches an extreme level, I used to comment on issues...I don't know the motive behind the attempt."

He also told journalists at his residence in Kaduna that when the issue of Boko Haram started, the first statement he made about 18 months ago, which is on record, was that no religion advocated what was happening now.

"So, basically the case is of religion; it is neither ethnic when they kill children in schools in the North-East, they kill teachers, they burn churches, they burn mosques, they burn motor parks, they burn markets. Where is religion there, where is ethnicity there. This is terrorism and I hope the government will come to grip with it."

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