Oronto Douglas speaks on the Kano blasts

by Seyi Lawal

Oronto Douglas, the Environmentalist and Special Adviser to the President on Research, documentation and Strategy, has called for Nigerians to be united in the face of adversity. He was referring to the multiple explosions that rocked the ancient city of Kano two days back.

An update on his Facebook page read: “We are going through a most difficult period in our nations history. Information coming out from the ancient city of Kano paints gory pictures of violence, pain and angush. My heart goes out to the victims of attacks reported this evening. Clearly, it is the intention of those behind these attacks for us to turn on each other and if we do then we have of our own volition played into the hands of those who prefer discord and strife to harmony and peaceful co-existence. What is needed more than ever before is for all Nigerians to stand as citizens together, in unity, so that we can overcome this most urgent challenge. I am personally very hopeful that with the support of God Almighty and the boldness and never give-up spirit of the Nigerian this challenge will pass. OND”

The attacks targeted several police stations, barracks and the building housing the assistant inspector general of police in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city. Nwankpa Nwankpa, a Red Cross information officer in the capital, Abuja, said 50 people were injured in the attacks. He said that search and rescue operations are under way and volunteers are working to assist the injured.


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