Nigeria Muslims urge 'proactive' anti-terror measures
By Rafiu Ajakaye, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
LAGOS – A Nigerian Muslim umbrella group has condemned Tuesday's bombings in the central Plateau State and urged the government to take a "proactive" approach to fighting the scourge of terrorism.
"Beyond condemnation, governments at all levels and all security agencies must rise to the occasion to take proactive measures in dealing with the monster of terrorism," Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, secretary-general of Nigeria's Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI), said in a Wednesday statement.
"We have had a lot of verbal assurances," the group added. "Something positive in curbing the tide of this terror must be on ground for the citizenry to, for once, heave a sigh of relief."
Scores of people were killed Tuesday when multiple explosions rocked Jos, capital of Plateau State.
Plateau Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe insisted that only 75 people had been killed in the blasts. Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, however, has put the figure at 118.
"The JNI condemns in the strongest terms this wicked act, which caused the death of innocent lives," Aliyu said.
He described the attack as a setback for peace, which, he said, had been gradually returning to the violence-prone state.
The group commiserated with the government and the people of Plateau State, "and, most importantly, condole[d] the families of the victims of this inhuman and savage act."
The JNI, a prominent Muslim umbrella organization that covers all of northern Nigeria, is chaired by Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Abubakar Sa'ad III, who is considered the leader of the country's Muslims.
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