“As a responsible Government, we will not fold our hands and watch enemies of democracy, for that is what these mindless killers are, perpetrate unprecedented evil in our land.” –Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
These words could best describe how President Goodluck Jonathan felt when he heard about the way and manner a tiny group of Islamist extremists and insurgents caused great harm on the citizenry and eventual mockery of the nation’s security outfits.
On Friday, January 20, 2011, as some Muslims prepared and finished prayers, workers closing from work, residents went about daily chores, unaware of what lurks in the dark tents of a sub-culture defiant group that derives pleasure in unleashing terror on its people. Suddenly, the people become hysterical. There is multiple bombing and sporadic shooting everywhere. Panic everywhere.
These are the oddities and picturesque example of “Kano’s Black Friday” when multiple bomb blasts and acts of violence rocked the ancient city of Kano on Friday, in which about 200 lives have been lost, including that of Mr Enenche Akogwu, a reporter with Channels Television in Kano.
In his condolence message, President Goodluck Jonathan, told Nigerians and management and staff of Channels Television, that he was greatly saddened by the incident which led to the loss of lives of innocent Nigerians, pledging to get to the root of the incident and ensure that those behind the acts of terrorism are made to face the full wrath of the law.
“It is with a heart full of sadness and pain that I convey my condolences on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the families, friends, associates and relatives of all those who lost their lives in the acts of violence in Kano on Friday. These are honest and patriotic Nigerians who were brutally and recklessly cut down by agents of terror.
“As a responsible Government, we will not fold our hands and watch enemies of democracy, for that is what these mindless killers are, perpetrate unprecedented evil in our land. I want to re-assure Nigerians, the international Community, and members of the fourth estate of the realm, who lost one of their colleagues that all those involved in that dastardly act would be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
In the same vein, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has condoled with the management and Staff of Channels Television over the death of the station’s Kano correspondent, Enenche Akogwu in the wake of sectarian violence that hit the Northern city of Kano on Friday.
In a condolence statement issued in Asaba by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sunny Ogefere, the Governor said “it is sad and disheartening that a defenceless young man can be brutally murdered in cold blood while performing his official duties lawfully”.
He remarked that the killing of Enenche and other victims of the violence in Kano as well as parts of the country underscores the need for Nigerians, irrespective of ethno-religious and political leanings to rally behind President Goodluck Jonathan to effectively tackle the security challenges facing the country.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram, a loose guard of Islam, has said it was behind the havoc and a string of attacks in recent years.