President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Kano and Adamawa states as well as the kidnap of the Lamido of Kolofata in northern Cameroon, Lamido Seini Lamine, and the wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President described as shocking, callous and reprehensible the multiple blasts that occurred in Kano within 24 hours, and the unrelenting attacks by the Boko Haram at a time the Muslim faithful were celebrating Eid-el-Fitri.
He commiserated with all those who lost their loved ones in the Kano and Adamawa attacks and wished the injured speedy recovery.
The statement read in part, “President Jonathan further notes that the deployment of young women as suicide bombers represents a new low in the inhuman campaign by these terrorists and an expression of utter disregard for the dignity of the female gender as well as a wicked exploitation of the girl-child.
“The President states that the abduction of the Lamido of Kolofata and the wife of the Vice Premier of Cameroon clearly underscores the regional security threat that Boko Haram has become.
“He welcomes the recent resolve by the Defence Ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger to further strengthen the existing partnerships in order to forestall the desperate attempt by misguided elements to turn the sub-region into a battleground for terrorism and radical extremism.”
President Jonathan also urged the security forces to remain resolute, and not to be discouraged by the desperation of the agents of evil.
He expressed the belief that with the continued cooperation between Nigeria’s security forces and their counterparts in the neighbouring countries, the war against terror would surely be won.