President Jonathan: Nigeria would have been in turmoil if Buhari, Bauchi were killed In Bomb Blast



Mr. Jonathan expresses sympathy to those who lost their lives in the bomb attack. President Goodluck Jonathan said calamity would have befallen Nigeria if former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari and Islamic scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, were killed in the July 23 bomb attacks in Kaduna. The two leaders survived the attacks that killed more than 40 people. Speaking when a delegation of the Muslim community, led by Vice President Namadi Sambo, paid him Sallah homage at his official residence, in Abuja on Sunday, President Jonathan appealed to clerics in the country to preach peace and unity to their followers “and not the gospel of hate”, saying that the country could not develop without peace. He said, “Not too long ago we had these dastardly attacks in Kano and Kaduna. We stand to condemn these acts of terror on our people. “And, we extend our condolence and sympathy to the bereaved and those who might have been injured. “The recent attacks in Kaduna, especially where Sheik Dahiru Bauchi and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari were targets are quite instructive. “You can imagine if these two people had died in the attacks. “Sheik Bauchi is one of our top Islamic preachers; he has millions of followers. Buhari, a former Head of State and leading political figure, has massive supporters. “On the same day, people wanted to kill them‎; those who planned the attacks are clearly sons of the devil, because if they had killed these two people, we wouldn’t have been here today; this country would have been in turmoil. ”We couldn’t have gathered here to celebrate.” Mr. Jonathan thanked God for saving their lives and preventing “a major calamity” that would have befallen the country. The president restated that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to end the activities of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country. He used the opportunity to renew his call on Nigerians to continue to work with government in that regard. “Government is looking on how to raise funds; in fact, we are launching the fund on Thursday. “This is to ensure that the widows, orphans, those whose business premises have been vandalised and even our worship places, mosques and churches, that have been destroyed, we will rebuild. “Government alone cannot do it because we will need huge sums of money. SEE MORE ON PAGE2

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