17 June 2011
Jonathan says attack is on Nigeria
President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja, scene of Thursday's terror attack that killed several people and injured several more.Mr Jonathan, who said he was at the police building to see things for himself, urged all Nigerians to remain calm.
He also said he has been meeting with the heads of the nation's security forces to ensure that such incidents of terrorism become a thing of the past in the country. The president, who expressed sadness at the bombing, also commiserated with families of the victims. He said he was optimistic that the nation would overcome this ugly trend and that security agencies are working to better protect the citizens.
According to Mr. Jonathan,terrorist attacks are a global phenomenon that are not peculiar to Nigeria, pointing out that "all over the world, nobody is free." "This terrorist act should not be viewed as an attack on the police, but on the entire nation," he said, adding "everybody is a target when it comes to terrorist attacks." The president was given a graphic account of the bomb explosion by Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, and shown around the scene of the crime where forensic experts were seen conducting their investigations.