Sabon Gari Residents Mourn Bomb Victims as Kalu,Njiko Igbo Condemn Attack

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Residents of Sabon Gari area, the heart of the ancient city of Kano, where  an attack was

launched luxurious buses with over 60 persons declared  by local leaders  to lost their lives,  marked Wednesday as a day of mourning respect of the departed souls.  gathered that, community leaders the area, which predominantly inhabited by non natives Tuesday evening sent a message to residents of the area, to  observe Wednesday as a work day honour of the dead.

Moses Owoyele ,a youth leader in the area, in a telephone chat with  confirmed the directive from their communal leaders to set aside Wednesday, and stay away from their daily work,  as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the Road motor park bomb explosion.

“Our community leaders Tuesday sent messages to us, that we should use  today as a day to respect those people who lost  their lives, and as I am talking to you, no business going  on  in Sabon Gari, no school opened, we are all mourning,”

“I never imagined  we this kind feeling for ourselves, everybody has  complied with the instruction and Sabon Gari in mourning today and we are mourning all day, and prayer sessions will be held for the dead people,” Owoyele said.

Meanwhile ,a group dedicated to the actualization of Igbo presidency in 2015, Njiko Igbo, and a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, condemned Monday’s bombing in Kano, which left no fewer than 22 persons dead and 65 injured.

The National/Diaspora Publicity Secretary of Njiko Igbo, Brady Nwosu, in a statement, said the bombing was more devastating to the Igbo race as it occurred in an area more populated by people of South origin.

Nwosu said: “The bomb blast in Kano, which killed many people was incredible.

“We believe most of them the Igbos because the area the bomb exploded is largely occupied by Igbo traders and businessmen.

“Njiko Igbo condemns this unexpected and dastardly act.

“It shows the little value perpetrators place on human lives and hard earned property.

“Ndigbo played a big part in the development of the country.

“Why are we experiencing all these hazardous things in a country we love, helped to build and call our own?

“Njiko Igbo is appealing for calm and sympathizes with the families of the of the blast and also pleads with the to look into this matter and bring justice to the people involved.

“We are also demanding for adequate security in all parts of the country as we cannot continue to live in fear in a country we call our own.”

Kalu, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, urged the to fish out the perpetrators of the bombings in Kano and Maiduguri, Borno State.

Oyewumi said: “He (Kalu) said he was shocked by the attacks and on Nigerians to engage the in constructive criticism and dialogue rather than engaging in bombing and unjust attacks.

“He noted that it is when there is peace and harmony that the nation can prosper.

“Kalu charged security agencies to fish out the sponsors and perpetrators of this act to face the wrath of the law.

“He commiserated with the families of the bereaved and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.”

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