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Sylva condemns bomb blasts, cautions against retaliation

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State, yesterday, described the Christmas day bombings in parts of northern Nigeria as “a senseless criminal behaviour by enemies of humanity.”

He pleaded with patriotic Nigerians not to be provoked into reprisal actions.

In a statement in Yenagoa by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Doifie Ola, Sylva said, “These blasts on Christmas day, targeted at innocent worshippers, are condemnable in every sense.

“This is a senseless act of violence by enemies of humanity. It is strange to the Nigerian character, and does not honour any faith or tradition. All men and women of conscience in Nigeria must condemn this callousness and contribute their various efforts to the collective task of stopping the mindless terror campaign.”

Sylva commiserated with the bereaved families, the Church in Nigeria, and others.

Though the governor acknowledged that tempers were rising as a result of the dastardly acts of extremist elements, he implored Nigerians to resist the temptation of retaliating.

He said: “We should not be provoked into revenge and wasting of more lives by this senseless bloodshed by enemies of humanity. We should rather join hands with the Federal Government in the effort to isolate and stop the perpetrators.

“This is a time to stand together, faith with faith, nationality with nationality, and culture with culture, to confront this growing threat to our nationhood and common humanity.”

The governor called on security agencies to intensify their intelligence efforts with a view to nipping such terrorist attacks in the bud.


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