5 July 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Monday’s suicide bombings in three cities of Saudi Arabia, including the city of Madinah, Islam’s second holiest city.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday that Buhari also condoled Saudi authorities over “the reprehensible attack’’.
The Nigerian leader said the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque.
“It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,’’ he said.
He said the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day a suicide bomber struck near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, showed that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
He urged nations to remain vigilant “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe’’.
President Buhari noted that terrorism no longer respected international boundaries and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.
“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert and we would remain free and safe,’’ the president said.
Suicide bombers attacked Jeddah, Medina and a Shi’ite mosque at Qati, Saudi Arabia simultaneously on Monday, detonating explosive devices, killing themselves and injuring others.