By Onyebuchi Ezigbo and Adibe Emenyonu
Former National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ojo Maduekwe, has said the war against terrorism in the country can only be won if Nigerians rally round President Goodluck Jonathan.
Maduekwe who was accompanied on a sympathy visit to the THISDAY office in Abuja by Dr. Lambert Agubuya and Senator Emmanuel Anosike, said: “Everyone in the country should come tighter and support the President fight against the terror group.
This is an act of war and this is the time we as Nigerians must unite behind the President to defeat terror in our land.”
Similarly, the first civilian governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has called for a national conference, adding that the spate of bombing had religious connotation.
Also, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has urged the managements of THISDAY and Sun Newspapers to remain steadfast in the discharge of their responsibilities, despite the recent attacks on their offices in Kaduna and Abuja.
But Odigie-Oyegun who spoke in an interview with journalists in Benin City, Edo State capital, shortly after the Edo State Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) organised a mass for the protection of journalists in the wake of the road accident which killed three of their colleagues, said: “I think these are all justification for all to sit down as a people to talk because clearly things are beginning to get out of hand. It is not in our character as Nigerians to be even confused that it is possible for a rational man to be a suicide bomber. I think in this part of the country, it is totally alien to our way of thinking and our way of reasoning and our way of approaching disputes.”
Meanwhile, Uzodinma while commiserating with the two media houses in a statement, condemned the rising bomb blasts in the country and urged those behind the dastardly acts to respect the sanctity of human lives.
He said the two newspapers are the shinning lights of true journalism in the country which the attacks were intended to weaken.
The senator noted that by targeting the media houses, the perpetrators sought to undermine press freedom and the freedom of expression which were the cornerstones of democracy in the country.
Uzodimma said: “With intelligence and information gathering and community trust among the people and the security agencies, there will be free flow of information that will expose those behind these dastardly acts.”
He pleaded with victims of the recurring bomb blasts in the country not to despair, stressing that other countries have had similar security challenges but that the collective determination of the people of those countries had seen them through.
Uzodimma appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and unity of the country even as he called on those with grievances against the federal government to use dialogue instead of violence.
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