President Jonathan Cancels Ibadan Trip As He Visits Blast Scene; Says “We Will Get Over Boko Haram”
For President Good Jonathan, a Monday dawn could not have been be worse. The President, just like other Nigerians woke up to learn of the gruesome murder of innocent Nigerians through a deadly bomb blast in a crowded motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of the the FCT.
The blast immediately forced President Jonathan to cancel a scheduled trip to the South West City of Ibadan where he was supposed to attend the centenary service of the Olubadan of Ibadan.
The President has since visited the scene of the blast. He was accompanied by the Senate President, David Mark and Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu.
While there the President said: “We have lost quite a number. We condole with our country men and women. The issue of Boko Haram is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development. Government is doing everything to make sure that we move our country forward. But these are the unnecessary distractions that are pushing us backward. But we will get over it”. He was quick to add however that: “The issue of Boko Haram is temporary. Surely, we will get over it.”
At at last count about 71 people have been confirmed killed, and 128 injured in the blast that tore through the highly populated motor park in Nyanya, about 16km drive from the Abuja city centre. Reports indicate that the incident occurred at about 6.45 am during the rush hour.
The badly burnt and dismembered remains of dead and injured victims have been evacuated to various hospitals even as NSCDC officials, Fire Service, NEMA, the DSS, Police and VIO have been on ground trying to do damage control and restore normalcy in the affected area.