By Nuel Suji, Abuja – Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, expressed anguish over the bomb explosion that reportedly killed 14 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and injured 13 others inside the Malkohi camp in Yola, Adamawa State.
Saraki also commiserated with the Saudi Arabian authorities and the Muslim Ummah over the construction crane that crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the Kabbah, killing at least 107 people, with scores more injured, days before the commencement of this year’s hajj.
The Senate President in a statement from his Media Office, condemned in strong terms the Yola blast saying the inhuman act could only have been perpetrated by sadists and evil people now facing imminent defeat.
Saraki said: “My prayers go out to the victims of the attacks at the largest IDPs camp located in Yola. The IDPs in the North-east need our support now more than ever. The insurgents have resorted to cowardly methods because they are being routed by our military.
“We must continue to pray for the success of the on-going military efforts against the insurgents. We urge the Nigerian military to remain resolute and focussed because we are definitely witnessing the last days of Boko Haram in our country,” he stated.
He called on the security agencies and even ordinary people across the country to increase their vigilance and awareness to prevent Boko Haram renegades from taking cover in their midst to carry out such dastardly acts in future.
He added: “We must not be deceived by these pockets of attacks on innocent citizens and IDPs alike by the insurgents because this attack represents the last desperate acts of a dying evil organization now facing the full heat of our gallant troops.
“Our troops have demonstrated in no unmistakable terms that they are ready to keep a date with the December ultimatum given to the newly decorated Service Chiefs to crush the insurgents by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
He specifically bemoaned the Saudi Arabian grand mosque tragedy and the attendant loss of lives and destruction coming two weeks to a period where hundreds of thousands of Islamic faithful are expected to gather at the holy mosque for this year’s pilgrimage.
He called on the Saudi authorities and other relevant stakeholders to do all that is necessary to ensure the safety of citizens and pilgrims in the holy city before, during and after the hajj exercise.
“My heart goes out to those who lost their lives. I pray for quick recovery for the injured,” Saraki
Media Office of the Senate President