Nigeria's President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR), on Monday, March 12, 2012 conveyed his sincerest and heartfelt commiserations to the families of the victims of the bomb attack earlier on Sunday, March 11, on the St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Jos as well as the entire congregation of the Church and the government and people of Plateau State.
In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan reiterated his Administration’s total condemnation of this and all other terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians and reassured all Nigerians and friends of the country that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to end the spate of mindless attacks and killings in parts of the country.
He further urged Nigerians not to despair or be discouraged by the persistence of the attacks in spite of his government’s efforts to deal decisively with the menace of terrorism within the country’s borders because as he said, "despite seeming appearances to the contrary, government is indeed winning the war against the terrorists and will continue to progressively destroy their ability to unleash murderous attacks on peaceful, law-abiding Nigerians."
It is worthy of note that in recent weeks national security agencies have identified and arrested more of these agents of darkness than at any other time. Their hideouts and modus operandi are also being consistently exposed.
The President assured all Nigerians that his Government will continue to build on these recent successes by our security agencies until terrorism is totally defeated in the country with the support, cooperation and solidarity of all patriotic citizens.
The President therefore called on the populace to remain patient and refrain from taking matters into their own hands through actions such as reprisal attacks, as Government continues to take the battle to the merchants of terror and close in on their locations, funding and sponsors. It would be recalled that Boko Haram (BH) which translates to "Western Education is Sin" have continue to hold the Northern part of the country to ransom by planting sucide bombers and bombs in parts of the country. They already claimed responsibility for the latest attacks.