Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Condemns In Strong Terms Renewed Boko Haram Onslaught, Charging The Military To Do Everything Necessary To Prevent Further Unwarranted Attacks.
Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
The Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday condemned in strong terms renewed Boko Haram onslaught, and charged the military authorities to do everything necessary to prevent further unwarranted attacks by the Islamist sect from escalating in the country.
This is even as Saraki also expressed deep pain over the death of six school children in Lagos, following a boat mishap that involved 14 school children, who were being conveyed across Ojo to Irewe jetty. Saraki’s condemnation of Boko Haram’s attacks came on the heels of the sect’s onslaught against innocent Nigerians in Maiduguri, while the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was on-the-spot-assessment of the situation of the internally displaced persons.
Osinbajo’s assessment of the situation was geared towards providing additional succour to affected families and communities. Saraki, who particularly expressed disappointment that the attacks were carried out during the holy month of Ramadan, also commended the efforts made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerians are safe and secured in all parts of the country, especially in the North-East geo-political zone.
“It was really a sad day for me to learn that suicide bombers unleashed attack on the people on a day the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, visited Maiduguri to see things for himself, and also visit beleaguered families and communities, whose lives and means of livelihoods have been adversely affected by the barbaric acts of the insurgents.
“Boko Haram is not invincible, and I have no doubt that the present administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, possesses the requisite political will and determination to decisively fight the insurgents and restore security to affected areas,” he said.
On the tragic loss of six young lads and another six students yet to be accounted for, after a boat that was travelling from Ojo to Irewe reportedly capsized in Lagos, Saraki urged all the relevant stakeholders, including water transportation authorities and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure that the six yet to be recovered children are found and taken out of the waters.
“This incident, which is one too many, is another wake up call for officials charged with the regulation of water transportation across the country to rev up their prevention strategies and emergency preparedness level so as to avoid future occurrence and prompt rescue of victims,” he said.
While commiserating with the families of the victims, he prayed God to grant repose to the souls of Nigerians, whose lives were cut short by both the Maiduguri suicide bombing and the boat mishap in Lagos.