Nigeria: President Buhari condemns twin bomb blasts in Nigerian university

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack Monday morning at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism in northeast Nigeria.

Apart from three people killed in the mosque bomb explosion, another suicide bomber was shot after which her explosive detonated killing her at another gate of the university, the police and the emergency agency, NEMA, have said.

The President expresses sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University Community, families of the victims and the government and people of Borno State.

This is just as the University of Maiduguri has suspended the ongoing first semester examinations for one day following the suicide bomb attacks that claimed the lives of four persons, including a professor.

A statement by Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, stated that “President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows that the perpetrators have no true understanding of Islam, adding that their despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God Almighty and the laws of the land."

The President reassured communities in Borno and others in the North eastern part of the country that his administration will continue to ensure that terrorism never triumphs over peace-loving Nigerians.    

According to the statement, “President Buhari reaffirms the need for Nigerians to remain more vigilant even as the security agencies continue to use all means at their disposal to combat the remnants of insurgents and their sponsors.

"He wishes those injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery, and comfort for families of the dead.”

The University of Maiduguri Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abubakar Njodi, said exams scheduled for Monday were suspended as the institution mourns those who died in the attack.

Prof. Njodi gave an insight into the casualties, saying that “from the reports I have been receiving since morning, we have 15 people that have been taken to the hospital from the mosque where it happened. Two of those in the hospital are in critical conditions, of which one of them as I was made to understand is yet to be out of the operation theatre.

"We lost three persons; it was earlier reported to be two, but later the body of Prof. Mani was discovered after others were taken to the hospital. That was why there were discrepancies in the figures.

“The attackers were two. One of them went to the mosque where he detonated his bomb and the other was spotted trying to scale the security before the bomb went off. So we have to suspend the exams today (Monday), because we could not have had a stable mind to go and write exams under this grieving condition. We will allow the security do all the necessary checks they may want to do.”
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16 يناير 2017 15:46:16

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