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Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

President Jonathan cuts short AU meeting over Abuja bombing

President Goodluck Jonathan has cut short his plan to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union’s (AU) Summit of African Heads of State and Government in Equatorial Guinea over news of the bomb blast which occurred late afternoon in Abuja on Wednesday. According to reports, the president will return to Nigeria on Thursday.

President Jonathan arrived Equatorial Guinea and about 30 minutes later, the bomb went off in the Emab plaza gate area in the Wuse 2 area of Aminu Kano Crescent in the central metropolis of the Nigerian federal capital, Abuja on Wednesday by approx 4pm according to witnesses and observers.

According to media reports, the Nigerian president departed Abuja 3.30 pm on Wednesday and as the president and his entourage were arriving at their hotel in Malabo, the Equatorial Guinean capital, they received the unfortunate news of the bomb attack in Abuja.

The president took an immediate decision to return to Nigeria early Thursday, Mr. Reuben Abati, the presidential adviser on media and publicity said on Wednesday.

Jonathan was accompanied by his wife, Patience, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Water Resources, Health and Industry Trade and Investment.

The president planned to return on Friday but that date has been shelved. On his return to Abuja, Jonathan will most definitely call a high-level security meeting to discuss the bomb blast in the heart of the federal capital and fine-tune strategies which by all indications are not working – in order to contain the incessant and ubiquitous Boko Haram menace which is gradually becoming a daily occurrence or routine – as the Nigerian military battles the unceasing spate of insurgency – not only in the northeast, but now in Jonathan’s backyard.

Abuja bomb blast. Wuse 2 02No group has claimed responsibility (as at the time I prepared to publish this article) but fillers from security experts indicate that the dreaded and well-armed Nigeria-based terrorist orgamization known as the Boko Haram are responsible – because this is their trade mark bombing style. The insurgents usually go for soft targets with lots of people and vehicles –  especially vehicles, in order, to provide maximum impact and destruction resultant from petrol or fuel in their tanks – which further fuels the resultant multiple vehicular explosions causing maximum human casualties.

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