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    Nigeria Official Condemns University Bomb Blast

    Policemen stand at the scene of a bomb blast at the public health college in northern Nigerian city of Kano, June 23, 2014.
    Policemen stand at the scene of a bomb blast at the public health college in northern Nigerian city of Kano, June 23, 2014.
    Peter Clottey
    A spokesman for Nigeria’s government condemned perpetrators of Monday’s bomb blast that left at least eight people dead and many injured at the Bayero University’s School of Hygiene in Kano.

    Mike Omeri, the director general of Nigeria's National Orientation Agency, and Coordinator of the National Information Center also says security agents have redoubled efforts to protect the population after some of the alleged suspects were arrested by security agents following the explosion.

    He hailed the quick response of police and emergency workers who he said swiftly transported victims of the blast to a local hospital, where they are currently receiving treatment.

    “The government and the people of Nigeria are not happy, are saddened by this continued senseless killing,” said Omeri. “The government is concerned and has ordered all [security] forces to redouble their efforts. I want to assure that for every one blast two or three others would have been averted by the actions of the security services either at the police level or intelligence level or even the military level.”

    He says the national emergency relief management agency has mobilized to provide relief services following the explosion.

    “They have been mandated to move swiftly to Kano to provide relief and support to families, but especially victims who are recuperating,” said Omeri. “The security agencies have also swung into swift action and I am sure they will have some leads and also be on the trail of those who have perpetrated this heinous act of cowardice.”

    He rejected media reports that described the country’s ongoing violence as escalating. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram is often blamed for carrying out the violence against civilians.

    “There are growing incidences here and there but it is not escalating in a manner that you find everywhere in the cities and in the villages and so forth,” said Omeri. “Whatever the degree it is still of concern to government and citizens because everyone deserves to live in peace in the country.”

    Omeri says he is hopeful the administration will soon surmount the security challenges the country faces.

    “Reports indicate that some of the insurgents and people who perpetrate this [violence] are beginning to realize their actions and have decided to walk out of the group,” said Omeri.

    Critics say the government has been unable to protect citizens following the increasing attacks.

    Omeri disagreed, saying the administration has launched an education campaign to ensure citizens are made aware of security efforts being made to protect them.
     
    Clottey interview with Mike Omeri, head of the National Orientation Agency
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    June 23, 2014 11:17 PM
    You've got to think, "Wow, the Nigerian government is serious about combatting the evil that is overtaking there people." Media hype is all this is. Really? A headline that a government is condemning a carbombing? Really? Right on, Goodluck Jonathan! Or did you have options? Let me see, hmmmmm, "Nigerian government calls carbombing a stinky little prank." No, that wasn't on the table? Or, "Nigerian government relates carbombing to choclate chip cookies." No, not that one either. Anytime a government condemns acts of evil is like declaring the sky looks blue on a clear day.

    But, since so many people eat up headlines and all the media garbage, it will continue, and people will happily feast, regardless what is served. Those of us that can see past headlines, the first thing that comes to mind is "Well, you may not be taking firm actions against the violence of your school girls, but at least you are willing to say something, about something, that doesn't really mean anything, that doesn't really help anything." I get more out of a Pop-Tart commercial than I do from this story. Everyone with a sound mind should reply to this government with this one statement...."So what!!!!" Maybe good ole' Goodluck Jonathan isn't taking extreme action to rescue those school girls is, maybe, because he had first picks? OK, that was bad. But imagine if hundreds of school girls were taken from a school in Los Angeles, and when people asked the police/government/military what they are doing about it, and they ALL replied "we'll get to it when we get to it, OK? Geeze! Ooooops, oh yeah, almost forgot.......we also condemn it. Thank you and have a good night."

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