The attack today at Nyanya was horrific, heartbreaking, and a cruel act of merciless slaughter. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives. I also pray and hope for the full and speedy recovery of those wounded.

My heart breaks every time I take to this platform to offer condolences in this tormenting season of seemingly endless violence. I understand that it is difficult for the government to prevent every terrorist attack, but we can always do more to protect our defenseless citizens by boosting our intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities.

Words alone cannot express the full solemnity of our grief. We can only honor the memories of our country men and women by winning this war against terrorism and bringing to justice the perpetrators of those dastardly acts.

The security and stability of Nigeria is inviolable. No individual or group can hold the security and stability of this country to ransom. Our security and stability cannot be conditioned on any ideology or partisan agenda.

Every Nigerian reserves the right to his own security, to his own freedom and dignity, and no amount of terrorist blackmail can make us surrender these.
May God unite our hearts as we confront this evil.

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