Thursday, October 7, 2010
Abuja bombing: My story –Jonathan
Amid accusations and counter-accusations over the suspected masterminds of the twin-bomb explosions that rocked Abuja, the Federal Capital last Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan has painstakingly rendered his account of the sordid experience.
Speaking through his Facebook page, the President who also expressed his appreciation for the concerns shown by Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, since the tragedy occured, reiterated government’s determination to unmask the people behind the criminal act, and bring them to justice.
“My dear friends on facebook, It is with a heavy heart that I read your comments and mails with respect to the sad events that occurred on the day we were celebrating 50 years of our existence as a nation and discussing the need to chart a new course for our future.
“Although the security agencies put in significant efforts to pre-empt the attacks, it is very sad that lives of innocent Nigerians were lost to this heartless act against the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Again, I offer my condolences to the families of the victims in particular and the nation in general. “Although this is somewhat a new experience for us, especially as bombings had never taken place in the Federal Capital Territory before last Friday’s incident, the security agencies have been instructed to leave no stone unturned in securing lives and property.
“I am being briefed regularly and I am confident that the agencies are on top of the situation. I implore Nigerians to go about their normal businesses and should not be intimidated or become paranoid over the cowardly act of a few Nigerians who obviously do not have the love of this country at heart.
Story By TONY OSAUZO, Benin