The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has for the umpteenth time expressed concern over mass killings and bombing of churches and mosque by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Adamu Hassan, on Sunday, Dogara said the motive of the terrorists is to instill fear in the minds of Nigerians by engaging in mass killings of hapless citizens. He condemned Sunday’s bomb attack on worshipper in a church in Potiskum, Yobe State, describing it as “barbaric, inhuman and wicked”. The Speaker said he is deeply worried over the “new dimension” taken by the terrorists as exemplified by the increasing spate of mass murder by the Boko Haram insurgents in recent days. He said as men of faith, Nigerians should not lose hope in the capacity of the Nigerian State and its security apparatus to subdue the insurgents and bring the violence to expected end.
Dogara further maintained that by embarking on mass killings and annihilation of communities, the intention of the terrorists is to instill fear and create doubts in the minds of the citizens to the point that they will no longer have faith and trust in the state. However, the Speaker said that, Nigeria and Nigerians will never succumb to this new dimension of terrorism and urged the people not to despair as according to him, “we shall overcome”. He called on all men and women of faith, Christians and Muslims alike to intensify prayers to God as Nigeria is in dire need of divine intervention from the Almighty God to overcome”. He praised the efforts of the officers and men of the military and other security agencies at the battle front and urged them “not to cave in to terrorism, as their sacrifice(s) shall not go unrewarded by the Nigerian state”. The National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, the Speaker said will continue to give all the necessary support and cooperation to President Muhammadu Buhari to help equip the military with advance military hardware needed to combat terrorism and other internal aggression.