Released: 02-10-2013

For the umpteenth time, Nigerians and other citizens of the world were utterly galled and devastated by the news of death and destruction on the eve of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary. No group or person, militant or terrorist should take pleasure in brutal elimination of innocent lives.

The attacks on the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, which resulted in the death of scores of innocent students and injury of many others were sadistic, anachronistic and unIslamic. There is no justification for such murder in any religion, especially Islam, the religion of peace for which it is the fastest growing faith in America and Europe.


The NSCIA in the strongest terms condemns the attacks and the attackers while wishing the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss. The Council also sympathises with the Government and good people of Yobe State while it urges all Nigerians to be united and resolute in unmasking and fighting evil in whatever guise it appears. It is a notorious fact that, from its emergence to date, overwhelming majority of the victims of the terror are innocent helpless Muslims, thus our prime concern is the halting of this heinous crime rather than hustling for compensation since the affliction is unquantifiable.

The Council reiterates that Islam denounces terrorism and terrorists are not Muslims even if they claim so. One does not become a citizen of a country by making claims but by meeting some conditions. One is not a Muslim by bearing a name or hailing from a particular area but by fulfilling the tenets of Islam. Terrorists are terrorists and we should stop draping them in religious toga.

The NSCIA uses this medium to appeal to the perpetrators of these atrocities to think of the Judgement Day and stop all hostilities in the interest of the religion they claim and our common humanity. Nigerians are sick and tired of this bloodletting and they are strongly advised to halt it with immediate effect, please.