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Borno mosque massacre: Mark tasks security agencies

By HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE

ABUJA—SENATE President, David Mark, has described last Sunday’s killing of 56 persons in Konduga village of Borno State as not only inhuman but also barbaric and charged security operatives to review  strategies in fighting the insurgents.

He condemned the cold blooded murder of the Islamic worshippers, saying “nothing can be so cruel and callous than this crime against humanity”.

In a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark urged security operatives to review strategies for more effective results and asked the perpetrators to have a rethink.

He lamented the renewed hostilities by the insurgents at a time people were heaving a sigh of relief that the state of emergency declared in the three states on account of the unabating violence was yielding good results.

Mark said: “The continued violence, killing of innocent and unarmed people and destruction of property by the insurgents cannot be justified or contribute towards achieving whatever their objectives may be.

”There is need for the perpetrators and their financiers to make a u- turn and embrace peace. It is only a mad man that throws stone into the market place or village square without thinking about the consequences .

The Federal government has open windows for peace and dialogue. These people should take advantage of it and end this violence.”

Mark noted that no religion preaches violence and hatred,saying the insurgents must not hide under any guise to commit heinous crimes.

“I   know for a fact that no religion preaches violence or hatred. Every religion preaches peace and indeed harmonious relationship. So, nobody should hide under any guise to commit crime . This is   crime against humanity,”he added.

The Senate President pleaded with security operatives not to be deterred by the unabating attacks but be further spurred to protect lives and property especially in the crises pruned areas.

He enjoined religious and traditional rulers in the crisis ridden communities to continue to support and cooperate with security operatives in order to eradicate the menace of these insurgents.

Mark sympathized with the government and people of Borno state, especially the victims of the violent attacks and asked that efforts should be intensified to protect citizens at all times.


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