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A bomb has exploded in Jos, Plateau state, central Nigeria last night, in the midst of a gathering of muslims listening to some sermons on Islam, and  many are people are feared dead.

The ceremony called Tafsir was holding at the Yantaya area of the city, which had witnessed terrorists attacks in the past.

One eye witness said “the first explosion went off at about 9:14pm at a Bauchi road shopping complex a few meters to the Bauchi park and University of Jos and the second explosion was heard about four minutes later.”

The said explosion went off at a popular food seller’s shop known as Hajiya Talatu. The witness added a Hilux van belonging to Sheikh Jingir and other private vehicles were conveying the dead and injured to hospitals in the city.
The second explosion was said to have occurred close to the popular Yan Taya mosque where Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir says his Ramadan tafsir.

Another resident, Godwin Okoko stated, “Twin bomb blasts occurred in Jos North LGA killing several people even though casualty figure is not yet ascertained.

“The first bomb exploded at Yan taya mosque during prayers second near Hajiya Talatu Mai Abinchi a popular eating spot in Bauchi road.”
He condemned the act saying, “This is sad, barbaric even at a HOLY PERIOD” and called for effective community policing to curb the trend

The total number of casualties is not known yet.

A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria earlier on Sunday at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people.

Almost 700 people have been killed by Boko Haram since Buhari became president last month.

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imageThe two prominent religious leaders, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and Arch bishop of Abuja Diocese of the Catholic Church, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, yesterday confirmed that the forthcoming general elections might spell doom for the country unless urgent steps were taken to salvage the situation.

Addressing journalists ahead of this month’s polls, the two leaders said the political mood of the nation was tensed, adding that it would be foolish for anyone to brush aside the stark realities the elections portended. They said political leaders must call their followers to order.

The duo equally urged the two leading presidential candidates, President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari to accept the result of the outcome of the election. He said the era where a winner took it all was over.

They urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the polls are free, fair and creditable. They said only credible polls would ensure that post-election violence are minimised.

Sultan said: “We all know that religious leaders are the conscience of the nation. Our desire to come out and speak at this time should be well passed to every nook and cranny of this country. We are all human beings first before we are called Muslims and Christians. Both religions appreciate the sanctity of life. We have always condemned the activity of insurgents. We will continue to do that until there is no more insurgency in the country.

“We are really worried at what is happening. As religious leaders, we cannot keep quiet. We cannot pretend and say everything is okay.”

Everything is not okay. We are worried at what we are seeing in various campaigns and rallies. We are joining our voices and calling on everyone to ensure there is peace. We must ensure and protect this peace.?

“We must see the elections as one of the challenges that will strengthen us. It should make us better. We call on all Nigerians to come together and ensure we have free, fair and transparent elections. We call on INEC to have the fear of God. We want to see a situation where, when the results are announced, the loser will embrace the winner. It is not going to be a winner takes it all approach.

“I wish we could have a law where those candidates can be compelled to produce a list of their cabinet members so that we will know the kind on people we are voting into power. That will enable us vote wisely.

“We know as Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace. We must respect Christians. Nobody should be allowed to use religion to divide us. God cannot be wrong to have brought us together. If we live in peace, we will get to the promised land soon.

“We call on politicians of all parties to allow us stay together and live in peace. Onaiyekan and I believe in peace. Politicians and leaders must be open to their followers. You must feel the pulse of your followers. We must call on politicians who control party followers. They must ensure they control them. There must not be violence. That is our clarion call.

?Speaking on the Abuja Peace Accord and the need to ensure that the terms of agreements are followed by the two leading presidential contenders, Cardinal Onaiyekan said: “We call in all contestants to respect both in letter and spirit the “Abuja Accord” which they have signed in the presence of God and men. They should play to the rule. Let the people decide through free and fair elections who will lead them.

“It is God’s will that will organise our human society in good order under the authority of a government.? Rulers must therefore, respect God’s laws and run our affairs, including the conduct of elections with integrity and utmost honesty. We citizens, on our part, must respect the just orders of duly constituted civil authorities.

“Our special and passionate appeal goes to government and its agents charged with ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections, especially INEC and the security agencies. Do your duty well, with no bias for or against anyone. Yours is a sacred fury that is crucial for the well-being ?of our nation, for which you will be accountable to God for blessings or otherwise.” -SunNews

Kano_ExplosionThe president of Nigeria has vowed “to leave no stone unturned” in tracking down the perpetrators of a mosque attack that killed at least 81 people.

Goodluck Jonathan urged the nation “to confront the common enemy” after the gun and bomb attack during Friday’s prayers in the northern city of Kano.

Hundreds of people were injured in an attack which officials say bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram militant group.

No-one has so far said that they carried out Friday’s assault.

Kano’s Central Mosque, where the attack took place, is where the influential Muslim leader, the emir of Kano, usually leads prayers.

He recently called for people to arm themselves against Boko Haram, so it is possible that this attack was in response to that call, says the BBC’s Will Ross in Abuja.

Boko Haram, a Sunni Islamist group, has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009 and has killed more than 2,000 people this year, human rights groups say.

President Jonathan ordered the country’s security services “to launch a full-scale investigation and to leave no stone unturned until all agents of terror undermining the right of every citizen to life and dignity are tracked down and brought to justice”.

He said Nigerians should “remain united to confront the common enemy”.

The government, he said, would “continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved in acts of terrorism”.

Reuters news agency counted 81 bodies in two separate mortuaries following the attack on the Central Mosque.

An AFP reporter at counted 92 bodies at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital mortuary alone. Most victims were men or boys with blast injuries and severe burns.

As BBC’s Tomi Oladipo reports, the gunmen opened fire on people as they tried to escape

Three bomb explosions were reported in and around the mosque. The attackers also shot at worshippers.

Some reports say the first bomb was hidden in a car which was driven straight into the worshippers.

One eyewitness told the BBC’s Focus on Africa: “The imam was about to start prayer when he saw somebody in a car trying to force himself into the mosque. But when people stopped him, he detonated the explosions. People started running helter-skelter.”

Several men then opened fire on the crowd, killing more people. Three of the gunmen were caught and killed on the spot, the BBC’s Will Ross reports.

BBC Hausa editor Mansur Liman said one witness at a local hospital had described the scenes there as being the most horrible he had ever seen.

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks against civilian targets since the Nigerian military launched an offensive last year.

The group carries out almost daily attacks mostly in the north-east of the country. Also on Friday, the security forces said they had foiled an attempt to attack worshippers in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, defusing six bombs planted in a mosque and a nearby market.

The militants were also behind the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno state this year, an act that sparked international outrage.

BBC