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Christmas Day bombings: Atiku warns of retaliatory attacks

BY OKEY NDIRIBE

ABUJA – Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar  has warned that  acts of violence that  are being unleashed  in parts of the country can lead to retaliatory actions in which more innocent people will suffer.

He also expressed worry that the unfolding situation could lead to the erosion of confidence in organized society and government thereby setting the stage for anarchy. This was contained in a press statement, Tuesday, by the former Vice-President’s Media Office in Abuja.

Atiku further  condemned last Christmas day bombings  of churches in several parts of Northern Nigeria.

Atiku while  condemning the bombings and associated  wanton destruction of lives and property at Madalla, Gudaka, Damaturu, Maiduguri and Jos said there is no cause that could  justify the snuffing out innocent lives.

The  former  Vice-President further stated that  he has been deeply saddened by these acts of violence that have  led to the loss of many lives.

He expressed his profound and heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who lost dear ones and wished  those that were injured a quick recovery.

He called on Nigerians to give the authorities the needed support to handle the situation adding that all citizens eschew  bias for religion or ethnicity  and be good, kind and supportive of one another in this difficult period. The former Vice President also urged for a greater respect for the sanctity of life and differences in culture and religion.

He maintained that enlightenment through education, economic empowerment and constructive dialogue are a panacea to stemming this cycle of blood-letting.


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