Photos: Bloody Deadly Christmas Day- All We Pray For Is Peace In Nigeria

At least five bombs exploded on Christmas Day in northern Nigerian with reports that about 40 persons were killed at the explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, about 23 miles outside Abuja.

There were reports of blasts in Jos located in Plateau State and the SSS headquarters in Damaturu in Yobe State, where a suicide bomber rammed a rigged vehicle into a military convoy that had just driven into the SSS compound. The suicide bomber died in the explosion while 3 SSS personnel were also killed.
One policeman was killed in the Jos blast while four members of Boko Haram were detained after security agents found and deactivated four IEDs, according to the Police in Jos. The terrorists had targetted a branch of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, one of Nigeria&#39s biggest pentecostal churches.
Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, condemned the blasts saying, “The bombing of innocent citizens on a day millions of people all over the World are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians.

“These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom.
“Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them.”

Presidential candidate of the CPC and former Head of State, General Muhammadu, whose defeat in the April Presidential election sparked the violence in the north that most observers believe created the bedrock for the several attacks orchestrated by the Boko Haram has also condemned the bombings.

In a statement Sunday he said, “Bombing other human beings to death at any time is callous. It becomes much more reprehensible on a Christmas day and all lovers of peace must condemn these gruesome acts and demand that the perpetrators be fished out and brought to book.

“How on earth would the Vatican and the British authorities speak before the Nigerian government on attacks within Nigeria that have led to the deaths of our citizens? This is clearly a failure of leadership at a time the government needs to assure the people of the capacity to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

 He called on the Nigerian government to rise up to the challenge of security in our country and not to believe that it&#39s just about voting almost a quarter of the budget to security.

“You can devote the entire budget to security and there won&#39t be any result if there is no competence in leadership to know what to do at the right time,” he added.


National Security Adviser, General Owoeye Andrew Azazi, who was in Lagos for the Christmas holiday has since returned to Abuja following the blasts. His convoy arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja, where he boarded a Presidential jet early Sunday afternoon for Abuja.












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