An online commentator on an Internet forum has described President’s Jonathan comments that the perpetrators of Saturdays killing of students in Yobe State will go to hell as an admission of his government’s powerlessness against terrorism.
In a statement released earlier through the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president had described the killing of over 40 students and a teacher of Government Secondary School in Mamudo village, Yobe State, as wicked, horrific and barbaric. He went on further to say his
administration will not be undermined by any group or persons.
According to him, any person who targets innocent children as a result of emotional dysfunction will certainly burn in hell.
He sympathized with the affected families as he assured that the war against terror is still very much on course.
Describing terrorists as cowards, he said: “the killing is barbaric, completely wicked. Anybody who will target innocent children for any kind of grief of emotional dysfunction will certainly go to hell.”
Jonathan was optimistic that his administration will see the end of terror in the country.
This optimism was, however, not shared by everyone. The online commentator reacted thus: “This President is just unbelievable. He just admitted that his Government is powerless against these killers. The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces just conceded defeat to terrorists and now leaves them to God’s judgment!”
Another commentator added:
“Very funny. Hell indeed. This reminds me of clerics who hide there (sic) sins to condemn others to hell.”
Other comments condemning the government’s perceived inadequate reaction to the growing menace of terrorism in Nigeria are too offensive to re-print.
The attackers, who stormed the boarding school about 3 a.m. on Saturday, were said to have set fire on the hostels which burned the victims alive as they were asleep.
The students that managed to escape from the fire were reportedly shot by the attackers.
Some of the injured students in critical conditions are being treated in hospitals in the state for varying degrees of burns.