Mark Condemns Yobe Killings, Pleads With Boko Haram To Leave Children Out


SAN FRANCISCO, July 07, (THEWILL) - The Senate President, Senator David Mark, has condemned the gruesome murder of 28 students and a teacher at the Government Secondary School, Mamudo, near Potiskum in Yobe State at the weekend by Boko Haram gunmen.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, said: "Even in war situations, children and women are protected. Killing children is akin to cutting down the future of a people. This is inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable to any right thinking member of the society.

" For no reason, the lives of these promising children were needlessly cut down by the heartless people. This cannot be a way of life. Enough of these bloodshed."

Quoting from the Holy Bible to drive home his point that children deserves the protection and care no matter the circumstances, Senator Mark said Mathew 18 : 10 states: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven while Mark 9:42 added And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me , it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea."

He frowned that the perpetrators have committed crime against God and humanity, saying " this is barbaric, wicked and condemnable."

He therefore urged the security operatives to step up their surveillance and monitoring activities to halt the trend and bring perpetrators to justice.

Mark assured that the National Assembly would continue to give priority attention to appropriation to the security operatives to carry out their duties without hitches .

He sympathised with government and people of Yobe State, especially the bereaved families over the unfortunate incident just as he pleaded with the perpetrators of the heinous crimes to give peace a chance.

The Senator President said the government has opened enough windows for dialogue and peace which any aggrieved persons and groups could take advantage of and end terrorism in the land.