Following the bomb explosion that rocked a Catholic church in Kaduna, on Sunday morning, the Youth Against Disaster Initiative (YADI), has called on Nigerians to be wary of criminals, who could capitalise on the insecurity in the country to attack innocent citizens.
YADI, a non-governmental organisation for youth advocates on disaster risk reduction, made the appeal shortly after the reported suicide bomb attack on St Rita Catholic Church, Malali n Kaduna State, that left many people as casualties.
The National Coordinator of the group, Abubakar Jimoh, in a statement on Sunday, said though the attack has infuriated some groups to initiate reprisal attacks, this called for caution.
While condemning the suicide attackers and similar ethnic and religious violence in some parts of the country, Jimoh called on security agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to protect lives and property of the citizens, “especially at a period when many Nigerians would be travelling back to their working destinations after the Sallah public holiday.”
While noting that Nigerians from various religious and ethnic backgrounds have lived peacefully with one another, he urged them to continue to be their brothers’ keepers in the face of national challenges.
He, however, commended response agencies especially the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the military, the police, Red Cross and volunteer for their timely response to the scene of such disasters in the country.
By Shola Agbaje