Buhari condoles with Saudi monarch over bombing of holy sites

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

 President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city, Medinnah, in Saudi Arabia. Condoling with Saudi authorities over the attack, President Buhari in a statement issued on Tuesday said that 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. 

In the statement endorsed on his behalf by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said: “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,” 

“The fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration,” he added. 

He urged nations to remain vigilant, saying: “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.” 

Stressing that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, he 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,” he stated.

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