The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) condemns in strongest terms the unfortunate and dastardly bombing of the Nyanya Bus station which killed no fewer than hundreds of unsuspecting commuters and petty traders early hours of Monday April 14. We equally decry the reported weekend killing of about 98 people and burning of properties in Ngoshe, Kaigmari and Achaka in Gwoza, Konduga and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno State.
We consider these horrendous, senseless and barbaric killings and maiming of innocent lives as attempt to destroy the peace and unity of Nigeria; and most importantly a calculated attempt to abort the 2015 General Elections.
Although no group or individuals have claimed responsibility of the Nyanya mass murder, the perpetrators are indeed the greatest losers of all time and bound for hell fire. The defenseless victims, who met their untimely deaths on their way to work in pursuit of daily means of subsistence in our harsh economic situation, are innocent, unsuspecting, and indeed victorious heroes and heroines whose blood must not be seen to be shed in vain. Dying, we all must, but these deaths must push all and sundry to play a role. This is not the time to sit on the fence, not a time to stand aloof or hands akimbo. All hands must be on deck to confront this terror of our time.
We call on Nigeria security agencies and the PDP-led government to summon the political will to expose the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and must not cover those that may be fingered one way or the other. Terrorism is not to be treated with kid gloves.
The international laws on terror are no respecter of individuals no matter how highly placed and should start to take effect and take a toll on those deserving of prosecution and punishment. The government must stand up to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties. These killings can no longer be condoned and tolerated. Time has come for government; the legislature, judiciary and all security agencies and personnel, particularly the intelligence agencies to do things differently this time to prove their competence. They must identify those behind the heinous acts, expose them, shame them and make them liable. We must dig deeper into every citizens or groups; be they in or out of government, past and present leaders, politicians, ruling party, the opposition, military personnel, the police, SSS, Navy, Air force, Civil Defense, Immigration, Customs, Traditional rulers, Religious leaders or adherents, and among ordinary Nigerians.
Finally, TMG is disappointed that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has cut short the nationwide mourning of victims of Monday’s bomb blast to intensify their campaign ahead of 2015 elections. To overlook and ignore the loss of hundreds of lives and the mood of the nation at this critical time as done by the ruling party- PDP shows the light-heartedness, levity disdain and utter disregard to citizens lives and insecurity in the country.
We condole with the family and relations of the Nyanya bomb blast victims and pray Almighty God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We call on the Jonathan administration to take inventory of all the victims and pay handsome compensation to the families and dependents. Those who sustained injuries and loss of properties should also be compensated.
Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi & Chief Eddy Ezurike,
Transition Monitoring Group,