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Suicide Bombing - Nigerians Should Not Panic, Says Jonathan

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Nigeria: Suicide Bombing - Nigerians Should Not Panic, Says Jonathan

Daniel Idonor

17 June 2011

Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, visited the scene of yesterday's suicide bomb attack at the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force and urged Nigerians not to panic over the emergence of suicide bombers in the country, saying that very soon, the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that claimed responsibility for the attack will be history.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents during on-the-spot assessment of the incident, President Jonathan maintained that though the emergence of suicide bombers in Nigeria is disturbing, there is no cause for panic as the ugly trend would soon be nipped in the bud.

He assured that bomb blasts occurrences in the country will soon be a thing of the past.

According to him, though it is a global occurrence, government will get to the roots of the matter as it concerns the nation.

"We use this opportunity to assure Nigerians that it happens all over the world, no country is free. Nigeria is also having some ugly incidents lately, but surely, we will get over it and people should not panic at all, soon most of these things will be a thing of the past", he declared.

While commiserating with all those that were affected in the dastardly act, the President said, "some vehicles were burnt and some people must have been victims of the explosion. First and foremost, let me commiserate with those people who lost their lives and property".

He stressed that the case should also not be viewed in isolation as even the safe American white house has been a target by terrorists in the past.

Asked if the Inspector-General of Police was the target, Jonathan said, "no, it is not just the IG, everybody is a target of terrorist attacks. I don't want to make reference to what happened in the United States that they were to crash a plane into the White House. So, terrorists will aim at the top if they can bomb the President, they will do it".

President Jonathan who was received by the IGP, Hafiz Rigim and DIG, Evelyn Okonkwo, was accompanied on the visit by Ima Niboro, Oronto Douglas and other officials of the Protocol unit in Aso Rock.

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