The president said that the acts of killing innocent Nigerians were unwarranted and condemnable.
“The bombing of innocent citizens on a day millions of people all over the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, is a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians,” he said.
“These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom,” he added.
“Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them,” the president said in the statement.
President Jonathan also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the churches and families who lost their loved ones to the attacks.
He bemoaned the unfortunate incidents, saying that they had spoilt the celebratory mood of people across the country.
He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government remained resolute in resolving the security challenges confronting the nation.
The Nigerian leader also said there was no justification for the crime and called on Nigerians to continue to pray for peace in the country, when he received a delegation of the Christian Community in Federal Capital Territory on Sunday. . .”
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Photo description: Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja on December 25, 2011. Two explosions near churches during Christmas Day services in Nigeria, including one outside the country’s capital, killed at least 28 people amid spiralling violence blamed on an Islamist group. The suspected attacks stoked fear and anger in Africa’s most populous nation, which has been hit by scores of bombings and shootings attributed to Islamist group Boko Haram, with authorities seemingly unable to stop them.
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