By NDAHI MARAMA, Damaturu
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has blamed inaccurate security reports on the faulty reaction of his government to last Monday’s bomb attacks on churches and schools in Damaturu, the state capital.
The state government had refuted text messages which were circulated during the crises that Christians were being killed and their churches attacked.
However, inspecting the burnt schools and churches in Damaturu yesterday, Governor Gaidam however, regretted the mix up and pledged that government would assist in rebuilding the six burnt churches.
He described those who burn or destroy places of worship belonging to other religious groups as criminals, as according to him, Islam was opposed to such acts of brigandage.
The schools burnt included two Islamiyyah as well as the Central Primary School, Damaturu and the Bindigari Primary school over which Boko Haram accepted responsibility.
His words, “We cannot call these people Muslims. They are transgressors who commit heinous crimes, which are totally condemnable. Islam is and will remain a religion of peace and even the Holy Prophet Muhammad, SAW, lived peacefully with followers of other faiths.
Therefore, no one can justify attacks on places of worship belonging to other faiths as Islamic.”
Governor Gaidam further condemned the killing of innocent people in the name of religion, describing their action as ‘’misguided’’ as such cannot be justified in any way.
He also praised the Military Joint Security Task Force, JTF, for their gallant and prompt response to the Boko Haram attack as well as for restoring law and order within the state capital.
He further said the burnt schools would be rebuilt, even as he reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to provide quality primary education to ensure good foundation for pupils in the state, just as he commiserated with Christians over the attack on their churches.
The Governor however said the attack affected all Damaturu residents irrespective of religious persuasion.
Adding the attack on Islamiyyah schools and mosques showed that the attackers had no regard for all religions and not just Christianity and urged the people to live in peace with their neighbours.
The Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo has denied allegations that he was pushing for a state of emergency in Kaduna State.
This was contained in statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Umar Sani yesterday.
Sani statement read, ‘’Our attention has been drawn to media reports alleging that the Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo in a purported pursuit of a presidential ambition and in order to get at Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State ostensibly for his supposed closeness with former Governor Ahmed Mohamed Makarfi was pushing for an imposition of a state-of-emergency rule in Kaduana State.
’’We find the story not only malicious in content but an orchestrated attempt to disparage the good relationship that exists between the trio. It should be noted that they not only enjoy good and cordial fraternal relationship but excellent working one as well. They pay each other periodic visits and take time to travel to events together. Only recently, the Vice President commiserated with the Governor over the fire incident that engulfed his official residence in Kaduna.
’’Also, on the invitation of the Vice President, the Governor and Makarfi were with him in Benin-City during the gubernatorial campaign of Charles Edigie Airhiavbere at the Ogbemudia Stadium. They flew together in the Vice President’s aircraft.
’’At no time was there any meeting involving Kaduna State in which the Vice President discussed the supposed emergency rule.
These stories are mere cheap lies fabricated to cause disaffection between and among the trio and we urge members of the public to discountenance such falsehood.’’