ABUJA (SundiataPOST) – A group, the National Social Contract Initiative (NSCI), has condemned attempt to link the Federal Government to the twin bomb explosions that rocked Kaduna on Wednesday, allegedly carried out by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. In the attack, former head of state and leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, narrowly escaped and some opposition politicians have tried to link the Presidency with with looked like an assassination plot to kill Buhari.
In a statement sent to SundiataPOST and signed by Onazi Adadu Onazi, assistant national publicity secretary of the group, the NSCI said: “While we condemn the masterminds of the deadly blasts, we feel it expedient to advise opponents of the Jonathan administration to desist from playing politics with the security challenges facing the nation.
“The linking of President Jonathan and his government to the alleged assassination attempt on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is in our opinion unwarranted, malicious and a calculated smear campaign by opponents of the President to cast aspersions on President Jonathan ahead of the 2015 general elections.
“Since the President came to power, his government has never been associated with any evil plans against ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ in the country. Rather, he has been a victim of vicious, misguided and unrelenting attacks from certain elements within the country bent on truncating his re-election as President for selfish and sectional interests.
“If reports that the leader of the terrorist Boko Haram group, Mallam Abubakar Shekau had in the past threatened to kill some prominent Northern leaders, including Gen. Buhari are anything to go by, it is clear that the Boko Haram sect has a wicked plan to plunge the nation into disaster and chaos.
“The NSCI joins millions of well-meaning Nigerians to give gratitude to God for sparing the lives of Gen. Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
We therefore caution that the terror attack in Kaduna and other places should not be politicised by Nigerians. Instead, all efforts must be geared towards assisting the Federal Government end the insurgency.
“We hereby condole with the government and people of Kaduna State over the unwarranted carnage, and loss of human lives. Also, we wish those victims who sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of the blast, quick recovery.
“The NSCI appeals to the terrorist group and their collaborators to seize the opportunity provided by the holy month of Ramadan to sheath their sword and end the killing of innocent Nigerians.
“Also, we enjoin Northern Traditional Rulers, religious and prominent opinion leaders as well as other Nigerians to open avenues of dialogue with leaders of the Boko Haram terror sect so as to end the bloodletting and wanton destruction of lives, and property in the country.”