Buhari: Saudi bombing attempt to mar Eid el-fitr
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Monday’s suicide bombing in Islam’s second holiest city, Medina, Saudi Arabia.
The president said yesterday in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the fact that the bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, showed that it was an orchestrated plan to mar the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
He condoled the Saudi authorities over what he called a reprehensible attack.
Buhari described the development as a desecration of all that was sacred and holy as it took place near the Prophet’s mosque and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” he said.
The president urged nations to remain vigilant to collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl around the globe.
Buhari, who noted that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.
“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe,” the president said.
Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.
The explosions targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi’ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina follow days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group, in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.
The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the fast.