By Gabriel Enogholas
DEPUTY state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Mr. Clement Edo–Osagie, has described the bomb blasts in Jos, Plateau State, on Christmas eve in which over 32 people lost their lives as an attempt by certain group of people to destabilise the country.
Reacting to the carnage in an interview with Vanguard in Benin, yesterday, Edo–Osagie said the Federal Government must unravel the mystery behind the bomb blasts and accordingly punish those who were responsible for planting the bombs.
He said: “the unfortunate event has sent signals to this country that the security apparatus must be strengthened and tightened so that all the deviants, who in fact, are not willing to appreciate and imbibe peace, can be dealt with.
“The Federal Government must rise up to the challenge by ensuring that the country is properly secured to prevent future occurrences because the blasts portend a very bad omen for the country as we prepare for the 2011 general elections.”
He said that the action of the bombers may have external links and therefore, called on the government to carry out a proper investigation, adding that nothing should be left undone in unmasking the brains behind the bomb blasts.
He did not rule out religious bigots from the action and called for understanding among the different religious groups in the state, saying that they have lived together as one for centuries without any acrimony amongst them.