By Elizabeth Embu
Daily Times, Sunday, July 7, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan has described Saturday’s killings of 29 students and a teacher of the Government Secondary School in Mamudo village in Yobe State, as “barbaric, horrific and wicked”.
He further said anyone who targets innocent children as a result of an emotional dysfunction will definitely burn in hell.
The attack was reported to have occurred at about 3 a.m. on Saturday at the school’s boarding house where most of the victims were burned alive, while asleep.
The attackers had invaded the school setting fire on the hostels and shooting pupils at random as they tried to flee.
According to reports some of the injured students are on danger list in a local hospital where they are being treated for various degrees of burns.
Speaking through the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President while sympathising with the affected families said the war on terrorism was still on and his government will not be undermined by any group or persons.
Describing the terrorists as “cowards”, President Jonathan assured that his administration was determined to end the menace of terror in the country.
"The killing is barbaric, completely wicked. Anybody who will target innocent children for any kind of grief of emotional dysfunction will certainly go to hell.”
Abati goes on to say that: "Mr. President wants to assure Nigerians that these kinds of desperate Nigerians will be flushed out of the system.
"Mr. President committed to the issue of the protection of lives and properties of all Nigerians and he wants to assure that the war against terrorists has been launched and will continue and the Nigerian government is determined to put an end to this menace.
"The President sympathises with the families affected and he stands by them at this moment of grief. The killing is most unfortunate most regrettable and Mr. President wants to assure Nigerians that any attempt by any group to undermine this government will be resisted," he said.