Security Agencies Studying Shiites’ Audio Message Threatening Revenge Of Zaria Attacks

Security agencies are currently studying a purported audio message of an unnamed cleric of the Islamic Movement Nigeria (Shiites) threatening to avenge the death of over 300 members of the sect in last year’s attack by Nigerian soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State, SaharaReporters has learnt.

The threat of reprisal, SaharaReporters learnt, is directed against the Nigerian military and the government. The attack, which took place exactly a year ago on Sunday, presaged the outlawing of the group.
SaharaReporters’ translation of the Hausa audio message yielded naked threats to the military and government. It detailed the attacks on the sect, describing the country as an animal kingdom and warning that the group has not forgiven attacks against its members and will never forgive.

The message alleged that the sect has been treated with disdain, claiming that Niger Delta militants and Boko Haram, who are in open armed conflict with the country, are treated with leniency. The group warned that if any untoward thing should happen to its leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky, the whole of the country will be made to pay.

See transcript below:

“We were just killed like that in a broad daylight. There was no any reason for that massacre apart from the fact we say Prophet Muhammad is the messenger of God and we wanted to adhere to the part that was brought by the Prophet Muhammad. To them, why should we say that? That’s why they created laws that were not in the constitution; that were not in the state bills, that were not in any law in any nation and implemented them on us.

“So, what happened from December to date has taught us many lessons. First of all, we knew which country we are living in. We knew that we are living in the animal kingdom. We knew our enemies within us. We knew the laws that were made for us. We knew their weaknesses. What we are telling them now with a harsh voice that it is one year from the mass killings in Zaria. And is also two weeks now from the mass killings in Kano. We are also fully aware of their plan for another mass killings.

“We swear to Almighty God that what they did to us we have not forgiven and we will never forgive. We did not stop, and we will never stop. We swear to Almighty God we must take revenge. We all now know their language because what we thought was these people have a sense of reasoning since we have so many times told them that we don’t carry weapons and we don’t fight. Thinking that they will call us for reconciliation, but instead, they are killing us daily and pushing us to the wall.

“Is this how we are going to allow these people to be killing us? To kill our men, our women, and our children? Is this how we are going to live? We must take all possible means to start protecting ourselves. We want this message to reach them that we will start protecting ourselves. If we we are living in a country where there is a government, we may expect something to be done. But we realize that we are living with animals. That is why we are telling them in a harsh voice we will start protecting ourselves. We will not fold our arms so that everyday they will come and kill our women and children.

“Niger Delta militants have their arms with them fighting the government, killing the soldiers, killing policemen and vandalizing oil pipelines. But up to now, they are not killed like us. Boko Haram also have their weapons, killing soldiers, policemen,  but the number killed are also not like us, we the followers of Malam Zakzaky. This is just to show that if  we had taken our weapons, we wouldn’t have being killed like this. They have killed over 2,000 among us just like that. We swear we will start protecting ourselves. We will not continue just to sit down like that and be killed. Common sense will not accept this.

“The only solution to this problem is, we either stop practising our religion, so that they will stop killing us or we take some measures to protect ourselves so that everyone will suffer. One life is not superior to the other.  This is my message and I can repeat it everywhere and in front anyone.

“We are still saying that  if anything happens to our leader, Malam Zakzaky, I swear, it will affect everybody. No one will live in peace. Let them not think that if they kill our leader, we will just cry, mourn, wear black clothes and leave everything to God. We are going to change our approach in a way no one expects.”

Zaria massacre: U.S. demands action on white paper; wants soldiers punished

The United States Government on Friday called on the Nigerian Government to expedite action on the recommendation of the White Paper on last year’s killings in Zaria, Kaduna State.

John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson of the Bureau of Public Affairs, said the U.S. government fully agreed with the White Paper’s recommendations that those involved in the killings be punished.

“On Dec. 5th, the Kaduna State Government in Nigeria issued a long-awaited White Paper on clashes last year that resulted in the deaths of a reported 348 civilians and one soldier.

“We fully agree with the White Paper’s recommendation that members of the military who were involved in the unlawful killing of civilians must be held accountable and punished appropriately.

“As the one-year anniversary of this tragic event approaches, we call on the federal government to be diligent, transparent, and expeditious in following through on this recommendation,’’ he said.

Mr. Kirby said that his government was also concerned with the Paper’s characterisation of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) as an “insurgent group”.

He said the U.S. government would also want to encourage the federal government to act on the Abuja High Court’s decision on December 2 for the release from prison of IMN leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife, within 45 days.

The spokesperson said his government had, therefore, enjoined the different levels of government to evolve ways of non-violent engagement with all citizens, including minority religious groups.

“We also encourage the federal government to act on the Abuja high court’s decision on Dec. 2 that IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife should be released from prison within 45 days, as they have been held without charge since the events of last December.

“As the White Paper notes, the right to freedom of worship is a cherished constitutional right in Nigeria that must be protected.

“We encourage the people and the government of Nigeria to support these fundamental principles, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or region,’’ he added.

ABU to enjoy uninterrupted power as university begins construction of 10mw solar plant

Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, on Monday performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a 10MW solar power plant estimated to cost N4 billion naira at Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria.

The project, located at Biye Village, Sabongari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, is expected to be completed in six months and is meant to address the energy needs of the university.

It was designed, initiated and financed by ABU in collaboration with Nigeria-German Energy Partnership with assistance from Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

During the foundation laying ceremony, the minister commended the university for its foresight and urged it to sustain the tempo.

Mr. Adamu was represented by Fatima Jidda-Ahmed, Director, Tertiary Institutions in the Federal Ministry of Education.

He expressed the hoped that the institution would take advantage of the partnership with Germany, not only in power generation, but in encouraging engineering students gain from the partnership.

In his speech, the German Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, Regina Hess, said the partnership was based on the passion Germany had for university education in Nigeria.

She said universities would perform better if the education budget was used judiciously.

“With this project, our passion for Germany has become the passion for Nigerian government too,” she said.

Mrs. Hess promised to train engineers from the ABU to become experts in the field of solar energy.

Jeremy Gains, the Coordinator, Nigeria-German Energy Partnership, recalled that the project started in 2008 in Berlin when the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and his wife visited Germany.

“Both Yar’Adua and his wife were alumni of the university. He met Chancellor Martha and she asked how Germany can help Nigeria.

“The late president said wisely in just three words and those three words were; power, power, power, adding that electricity is the key to development,” he said.

Mr. Gains said another alumni of ABU who also facilitated the project was the late Rilwanu Lukman, when he was both minister and Secretary-General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

“German company will come to Nigeria to create power stations while in return, Nigeria will guarantee energy security in the form of gas,” he noted.

Earlier, the ABU Vice-Chancellor, Ibrahim Garba, said ABU, the largest university, not only in Nigeria but in West Africa, had high demand for electricity.

He said the university spent about N85 million monthly on electricity, “that’s why we need our own power source to use and probably sell out to consumers out there.”

Mr. Garba said, all things being equal, the project, which initial cost stood at N4 billion naira would be completed in the next six months.

1 person killed, police station razed in Zaria tanker fire.

The Police have confirmed the death of one person in a tanker fire incident in Zaria, which also razed a police station and 15 vehicles.

The incident occurred on Saturday night at Danmagaji area of Zaria in Kaduna State, when the tanker driver lost control in an attempt to avoid a pot hall.

In the process, he was said to have crushed to death a motorcyclist, while an ensuing fire razed the police station and vehicles.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Agyole Abeh, confirmed the figure to journalists after visiting the scene on Sunday.

“The incident was quite unfortunate but we have to give glory to God because the level of lives involved is what we should appreciate God for.

“The inferno would have consumed a lot of lives, most especially as Danmagaji usually has heavy traffic, and this police station is a place where people always patronise.

“Today, we would have been telling a different story.

“However everything in the station has been completely burnt down, as you can see the structure, nothing is left apart from the wall,” he said.

The police commissioner solicited for the intervention of the state government, traditional and community leaders in rebuilding the police station.

“The state government had never let the police down, it has been given resounding assistance to the force and I believe it will find an immediate solution to the problem.”

Ahmadu Bello University builds 1-barrel-per-day oil refinery

The Department of Chemical Engineering of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has established a refinery with capacity to process one barrel of crude oil per day.
The team leader of the project, Professor Ibrahim Ali Muhammad Dabo told our correspondent who visited the refinery site that at present the refinery would be used mainly for the training of students, although the department had the manpower to build a refinery that would be bigger than that of Kaduna if it had government support.
“The initial idea was to construct a 1,000 barrel-capacity refinery, but lack of funding limited us to this one, where we would now be refining one barrel per day,” Dabo said, adding that more than 80 per cent of the materials used for the construction of the refinery were sourced locally.
“Only the controls were sourced from Hong Kong. No expatriate was hired from abroad. All those that were engaged in this project are Nigerians. Therefore, this mini refinery is a product of Nigerian brains. If government can come in, we have the ability to do wonderful things, not only refinery.
This is our training and it is what our department is meant for,” he said.
He explained that beside the land and fencing that ABU provided, the project cost only about N20 million.
Professor Dabo further stated that the idea of the mini refinery was conceived about 15 years back, but work commenced fully in the year 2011.

Police Arrest 10 Boko Haram Suspects In Zaria

No fewer than 10 suspected Boko Haram members who reportedly fled Sambisa Forest in Borno State have been arrested by the Nigerian Police Force in Dogarawa area of Sabon Gari, Zaria.

Some good Samaritans volunteered information to us on the activities of the suspects. We immediately mobilised with about 100 mobile police and we successfully surrounded the house the suspects were living in. We were able to apprehend them and they are in our custody at our headquarters,” Muhammad D. Shehu,   police area commander in charge of Zaria, said.
He explained that preliminary interrogation had shown that the suspects were formally at Darul Islam in Niger state, but moved to Sambisa forest to join Boko Haram when the settlement was sacked by the then state government.
Shehu said the ongoing onslaught by Armed Forces in the Northeast had forced the suspects to relocate to Zaria.
“Only God knows their mission here in Zaria, but my chat with them revealed that the guys were notorious. There was no sign of remorse with them. They were insisting that what they were doing was the right thing to do. This is why we are urging Nigerians to be wary of the people they live within their communities and report any suspicious movement to security agencies,” Shehu said.
Many residents of Dogarawa interviewed by our correspondent were not aware of the arrest, but they confirmed that people from different parts  of the country had settled there.
Dogarawa is a suburb on the outskirt of the ancient city along the Zaria-Kano express road. The settlement is housing the Sabon Gari local government secretariat where a suicide bomber recently detonated a bomb, killing many school teachers and other civil servants   undergoing a screening exercise.

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Shi’ite Chief, El-Zakzaky, Terrorized Zaria- Emirate

The Zazzau Emirate Development Association (ZEDA) yesterday testified against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called the Shi’ite.

It said the movement terrorised the emirate for years.

Spokesman for ZEDA Mohammed Balarabe, who appeared before the Judicial Commission of Enquiry in Kaduna, narrated how the movement terrorised the emirate.

He said the group took the law into its hands and shut roads while holding processions.

Balarabe said whenever the movement had outings, they (people of Zaria emirate) were forced to stay indoors.

He said the last December 12 clash between the IMN and the Army was not the first, noting that the group is violent.

The ZEDA spokesman cited instances when the body had encounters with the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris and ex-Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero.

He recalled that the movement had encounters with previous administrations.

Balarabe said the Shi’ite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his followers were not members of ZEDA, adding that they refused to register with the association.

Said he: “We are familiar with the movement’s actions in the 20 years of its existence. As someone who attended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, we know where the shoe pinches.

“Whenever we heard they had outings, we stayed away because it would bring hardship. They shut roads.”

Credit: Nation

BIZARRE: 4 Year Old Falls Victim Of Human Organ Traffickers Who Plucked Out His Eyes In Zaria (VIEWER DISCRETION)

This is unfortunate and heartbreaking. A facebook user shared this story on his facebook page with a graphic image. Read the sad story below:

Sometimes, I ask myself if truly my Country deserves me or I deserve this Country called Nigeria. This 4 year old child’s eyes were removed by some heartless and faithless persons in Zaria, North West Nigeria, 2 days ago.

Please let us pray for him and for the arrest of the perpetrators of this unwholesome act. * tears.

May He be healed IJN! Amen

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Boluwatife Adekunle: Cynicism, Pharisaism And The World Today

And part of the statement reads…. “The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly, and transparently investigate these events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes.”

The United State government, through its embassy in Abuja, released a statement to make known its concern and position on recent clash between Nigerian military and members of Islamic movement, whose leadership hails from north-western part of the country. The imbroglio has been widely condemned, following the needless loss of lives.

According to Vanguard… “The Chief Medical Director of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Dr Lawal Khalid said the hospital’s morgue had received 61 bodies from the ongoing turmoil”.  The outcome of the incident involving the military and Shiites is rather unfortunate, an event the Army Chief says “could have been avoided”.

The official statement released on behalf of US government also reads… “While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths [emphasis mine]. It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation.”

The bloodbath in Zaria vis-à-vis today’s upsurge of sectarian violence, which over the years as resulted to “multiple civilian deaths” across the globe, spurs the author of this essay to take a trip down memory lane as regards “multiple civilians” who in recent times were victims of US military engagements in Middle East and other regions, in circumstances popularly described as collateral damage or collateral murder as it’s being used in some quarters.

October 3, 2015 –Médecins Sans Frontières MSF Trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing by US-led coalition forces. According to MSF report… “The total number of dead is known to be at least 42, including 24 patients, 14 staff and 4 caretakers.”  What makes this event tragic was the “multiple civilians” who were armless; defenceless that got caught up in the mess.

“The official said the first bomb had landed at 02:10, and MSF staff called NATO in Kabul at 02:19 and military officials in Washington a few minutes later, but the bombing continued until 03:13.”

The bombing continued for 30 minutes after MSF pleaded with them to stop. This incident, sorrowfully, occurred just few days after MSF says that all parties to the conflict, including Kabul and Washington, had been told the precise GPS co-ordinates of the hospital in Kunduz on many occasions, including on 29 September.

“Why Is the U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was an ‘Accident’?” –Glenn Greenwald

MSF President Meinie Nicolai condemned the attack as “abhorrent and a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.” “We cannot accept that this horrific loss of life will simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage’.”

And speaking of “collateral damage”

October 15, 2015 –The Intercept published secret documents about US drone wars. “… The US government has been wildly understating the collateral casualties from its drone program, according to an extensive eight-part series report in The Intercept. Using leaked documents on Operation Haymaker, one report takes an unprecedented look at drone strikes in Afghanistan between January 2012 and February 2013, during which more than 200 people were killed by US drones. Of those people, only 35 were approved targets, the rest being either collateral damage or mistakes resulting from faulty intelligence…”

April 5, 2010 –Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians. According to TheGuardian… “A secret video showing US air crew falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead after launching an air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency, was revealed by Wikileaks today. “

Today’s Syria is literally a country on hold. Life has been made cheap, very sadly though, in that part of the world.

Some conspiracy theories suggest that the over 200,000 already lost souls and millions of displaced people living in inhabitable environment across border nations in Europe, is as a result of U.S support for the opposition rebels in Syria, supplying arms and other logistics to the Islamic State fighters in their quest to wage war on Bashar al-Assad’s leadership [The current Syrian President].

As stated by a report on Aljazeera… “The answer can be found in diplomatic communications released by WikiLeaks, which show that regime change in Syria has been the policy of the U.S. government as far back as 2006. Even more horrifying — after hundreds of thousands of deaths, untold lives ruined and more than 4 million refugees fleeing the country — is the evidence that Washington has had a policy of promoting sectarian warfare in the country for the purpose of destabilizing the Assad government”

Libya has not been the same ever since the implementation of US agenda to forcefully sack Mahmud Gaddaffi from office. They succeeded in their quest but the Rebels trained and armed by US continue to rain havoc on the once peaceful and economic giant country. Many innocent souls “multiple civilians” perished away as collateral damage.

“Look at Libya and what you[U.S] did there, that got your Ambassador murdered. Was it us that did this? You even had a Security Council decision. But okay… What did you proceed to do yourselves? You started bombing the territory. This is in clear contravention of the Security Council resolution.”

That was Vladimir Putin, Russian President, speaking at the Valdai international Discussion Club in late 2014.

Part of his comments also reads… “Is it a good result that your Ambassador was murdered? It is actually a terrible catastrophe. But do not look around for somebody to blame when it is you[U.S] making these mistakes. You must do the opposite; rise above the endless desire to dominate. You must stop acting out of imperialistic ambition”

Over and above, this writer is worried about what has become of the world today, the “multiple civilians” who had been victims of sectarian violence across the globe and millions who are displaced due to ongoing wars and conflicts.

It is to this end, the author of this essay joins United State government to condemn in its entirety the “multiple civilians” killed in Zaria.

Boluwatife Adekunle


Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Tension In Kaduna Over Planned Shiites Protest For Release Of Leader, El-Zakzaky

There is tension in Kaduna as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are said to have embarked on a protest over the arrest and detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky.

According to Channels TV, the protest rumour has forced traders and offices to close their shops.


Also, Kaduna State Polytechnic which is very close to Tudun Wada has also locked up.


Security forces were seen patrolling the entire city to prevent a breakdown of law and order.


Soldiers reportedly invaded the residence of the group’s leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in Guillesu area of Zaria on Sunday morning.


An eyewitness told Channels Television’s correspondent that the soldiers allegedly stormed the area to arrest Sheik Zakzaky and in the process, opened fire on the members who gathered at his residence.


The incident happened after security was beefed up in Zaria, Kaduna State, following a bloody clash between members of the Shiite Islamic Movement in Zaria which left three people dead and several others wounded on Saturday.


On Monday, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement had demanded the release of the bodies of their colleagues that were killed by soldiers during the clashes on Saturday and Sunday for proper burial in accordance with Islamic rites.


The members alleged that heavily armed soldiers were still laying siege to the demolished residence of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky and have also prevented them from evacuating the corpses for proper burial.


President of Media Forum of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television’s correspondent that the soldiers, rather than allowing them to evacuate the dead bodies, were seen loading them inside their trucks to an unknown destination.


He also said that soldiers had formed a road block near the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic along the Kaduna- Zaria expressway and also along Zaria- Kano highway in search of their members to kill.


Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has debunked rumours that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was arrested by soldiers at his residence and his wife killed.



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Army Arrests Sheikh Zakzaky In Zaria

The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has been arrested by soldiers after long hours’ siege on his residence in Zaria. One of his followers confirmed his arrest.

“I saw armoured tanks demolishing the Hussainiyya shrine and the residence of Sheikh El-Zakzaky,” he said.

The Nigerian Army and members of the sect have accused each other of instigating attacks that led to the death of members of the movement on Saturday and Sunday morning.

While the army accuse the sect members of attempting to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, the Islamic Movement said soldiers opened fire on defenceless innocent people who were on a peaceful procession.

It was gathered from residence that heavily armed soldiers sustained a crackdown on the members of the movement throughout Saturday night till the early hours of Sunday.

Heavy shootings were heard in Gullesu and Sokoto road, where the spiritual centre of the sect is located.

The Islamic Movement claimed that over 500 of their members were killed by soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

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How Mastermind Of Jos, Zaria Bombings Was Nabbed– Military

The Nigerian military has explained how the suspected mastermind of the Jos and Zaria bombings was arrested. The defence headquarters had earlier tweeted that the unnamed suspect was taken into custody in Gombe after organising the two attacks that killed 70 people between Sunday and Tuesday.

The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, has given further details on the arrest:

“Please recall that on Sunday 5th July 2015, suspected Boko Haram terrorists carried out coordinated bomb and gun attacks on worshippers at Ýan Taya mosque, Dillimi Street, off Bauchi Road, Jos where the holy month of Ramadan tafsir was holding, and Shagalinku Restaurant, along Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State which led to death of over 48 persons, injuring several other persons and destruction of property.

“Similarly, the terrorists carried out another bomb attack on hapless workers undergoing verification exercise at Sabon Gari Local Government Secretariat, Zaria Kaduna State which resulted in the death of over 25 people including a two-year-old child and destruction of property.

“Consequently, security cordon was established in the general areas especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the North Eastern part of the country by troops of 3 Division and Special Task Force, as well as the Department of State Services. This culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa, Gombe State. The terrorist kingpin and his colleagues who disguised in a trailer while trying to evade checks were fished out by troops of Nigerian Army.

“The arrested terrorists are currently being processed for further action and would soon face the full wrath of the law.

“The general public are hereby please requested to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and facilities to the security agencies.”


Nigerian Troops Arrest The Mastermind Of The Jos And Zaria Bombings

The Defence Headquarters has announced that Nigerian troops have arrested persons suspected to be masterminds of the recent bomb attacks on Jos and Zaria.

The announcement came via the official Twitter account of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“Troops have arrested a mastermind of the Jos & Zaria bombing at a checkpoint in Gombe following an operation by combined team of military & DSS operatives.” the tweet read.

A bomb attack at the Secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State on Tuesday, July 6, left 25 people dead and 32 others injured, and 24 hours earlier (Monday), a twin bomb attack
in Jos had killed 44 people and injured 47 others.

In Jos, the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi campus of the University of Jos, while the second one went off at the mosque near the Yan tyre market area of Dilimi junction along Bauchi road about 15 minutes after.

The Zaria attack occurred at the venue of biometric registration of civil servants.

Military Captures Jos, Zaria Bombings Mastermind At Gombe Checkpoint

The Nigerian Military has announced the arrest of the mastermind of the deadly bombings that rocked Jos and Zaria on Sunday and Tuesday respectfully. The announcement was made via the twitter handle of the Defence headquarters.

The tweets reads: “Troops have arrested a mastermind of the Jos and Zaria bombing at a checkpoint in Gombe following an operation by a combined team of the military and the DSS.

It will be recalled that the twin bomb explosions in Jos on Sunday and the Tuesday’s explosion in Zaria left over 60 people dead with many injured.


Dogara Condemns Attacks In Jos, Zaria

As the country grapples with heightened terror attacks, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to persevere in prayers for the country. While condemning the bomb attacks in Jos and Zaria which left scores dead, Dogara said recent happenings in the country can-not be solved through conventional human wisdom but divine intervention.

A statement issued yesterday by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Turaki Hassan, said the Speaker made the remarks at the commissioning of a church at Ubulu-Uku, built by Hon. J.O. Mrakpor who represents Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State.

“I will urge that we continue with prayers for Nigeria. If Nigeria will be exalted it will be on the account of righteousness,” the Speak-er said.

“As leaders, we need prayers from all Nigerians. When you con-tinue to pray for your leaders for righteousness to reign in the af-fairs of the nation, definitely, Nigeria will be exalted and it will re-flect on our citizens.

“These are very uncommon times and all we need to survive is prayers. That is why altars like this are necessary,” he added.