Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has described Monday’s bomb attack at the Sabon-Gari area of Kano as heartless, inhuman and barbaric.
Aregbesola urged security agencies and the government to do more in all that might be required to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners in the country.
The governor, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, on Tuesday said, the mindless killing of defenceless citizens represented an act against humanity and God.
He said, “Under no reason whatsoever should any human take the life of another; no amount of anger or intimidation should make one spill the blood of another human being.
“It saddens when these barbaric and heartless people are described as fighting in the cause of any religion. Islam doesn’t support suicide bombing, Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not encourage compulsion in religion.
The governor charged security agencies and the Federal Government to stand up to the responsibilities of protecting lives and property of its citizens.
Meanwhile, Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River urged security agencies in the state to be proactive in tackling security issues for the state to remain the safest in the country.
Imoke stated this when he received newly posted service commanders to the state who paid him courtesy calls.
The service commanders included the Commissioner of Police Kola Sodipo; Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 6 AIG, Jonathan Johnson, Commanding Officer 207 Special Mobility Group Nigerian Air Force, AVM Andy Giwa Tsakr; Commanding Officer, NNS Victory, Commodore James Oladapo Oluwole, and Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Benito Eze.
Imoke said the state could not have become the safest in the country if security agencies were not proactive to security situations.
The governor stressed that as a state, with a thriving economy based on tourism and investment, there was the need for peace to be maintained.
He called on the men and officers of the armed forces to exhibit high level of discipline to enable them to perform their duties while pledging to support and assist them to ensure the state remained safe for investment.
Also, youths in the northern part of the country have condemned the Kano bomb attack.
The youths, under the aegis of Northern Advancement for Peace, Harmony and Development, described the incident as not only barbaric, but inhuman and out of tune with happenings in civilised societies.
The president of the group, Mr. Melvin Ejeh, in a statement made available to journalists in Jos on Tuesday, said the attack on innocent people was an act of cowardice “perpetrated by agents of evil forces, which should be rejected and condemned by all peace loving citizens of the country.”
He said, “We are saying that it’s time for the Federal Government to wake up from its slumber and protect all citizens and their properties.
“We the northern youths are also calling on those in charge of security to do the right thing by stepping aside and allowing competent professionals to do the job.”
While sympathising with all the bereaved families, the government and people of Kano State, the youths called on citizens of the country to be alert and report suspicious movement to security operatives.