Nigeria’s President Muhammaadu Buhari sympathized with Saudi Arabia for the series of bombing that occurred in three cities of the country – Medina, Jeddah and Quatif, – on Monday, July 4.
Madinah, which is Islam’s second holiest city, was attacked by a suicide bomber as Muslims prepared to break the Ramadan fast. Four police officers were reportedly killed in the attack while others were wounded. But two of the other attacks were foiled.
Extending his condolence speech to Saudi authorities over the attack, President Buhari said the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari 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.”
President Buhari encouraged all nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe”.
Speaking further, Buhari said that terrorism no longer respects 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.
Recall President Buhari’s visit to Arabia earlier this year (February) shortly after he was elected president of Nigeria. He journeyed to the city for a Pilgrimage with some government officials. And was welcomed and escorted by King Salman din Abdulaziz into the holy city, Medina.