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Jonathan, Makarfi decry Rann attack

…Urge government to intensify war against terrorism
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Nigeria’s immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan and ex-Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi have condemned the spates of killings in the country, particularly the recent attack that led to the death of international aid workers in Rann, Borno State.

Following the attack in Rann on 1 March 2018, in which three aid workers were killed and one injured, UNHAS has assisted with the evacuation of the wounded.

Jonathan in a post on his Facebook wall Saturday called for international cooperation in the ware against terrorism, noting that an attack on a nation is an attack on all nations of the world.

“I condemn the killings of members of staff of the United Nations (UN) and other humanitarian and aid workers in Rann by Boko Haram terrorists. My thoughts and prayers are with the UN and the families of the victims as well as to those injured in the dastardly and cowardly attack.

“The UN and other humanitarian and aid groups such as Médecins Sans Frontières have been friends of Nigeria and deserve hailing, not killing. I therefore repeat the call I made while in office-that the war on terror must be treated as a global war. There must be full and total cooperation amongst the nations of the world. An attack on one nation must be seen as an attack on all nations. That is the only way we can defeat terror, together, not apart,” he wrote.

In a similar vein, Senator Ahmed Makarfi expressed shock over the terrorist attack in Rann by suspected Boko Haram extremists, which led to the loss of many, including officials of the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration.

The PDP chieftain who described the incident as “utterly condemnable,” also called on government to intensify the fight against all forms of terrorism, adding that no effort should be spared to rescue all abductees as quickly as possible.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Mukhtar Sirajo, Makarfi also offered his condolences to the families of victims of another bomb explosion in Bumi Yadi and Madagali on Saturday stressing that until terrorists are chased out of the nation, the fight against insurgency cannot be said to have been won in the true sense of the word.

“Senator Makarfi considers the attack utterly cowardly and condemnable as innocent people were made soft targets, including those engaged in rendering humanitarian services. A better approach is needed in the fight against the Boko Haram, which should include a tightening of the security architecture in all the affected areas,” the statement read in part.


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