By NBF News

President of the Senate David Mark has condemned the bomb explosions which killed no fewer than 16 persons and left several others wounded during 50th the National day celebration. Senator Mark said the incident was an affront to the Nigerian people and a sacriledge on the nation's birthday.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, quoted the Senate President as charging the security operatives to comb all the nooks and cranies in order to fish out the perpetrators.

Mark stressed that the murderers must be brought to justice to serve as deterents to their likes.

He urged Nigerians not to  be deterred by this dasterdly act but remain united to shame our detractors.

Also yesterday, Mark charged African Leaders to adopt a common approach towards solving the problems of the continent.

Addressing delegates to the colloquium on the 50th Independence Celebration of African states in Abuja, Mark noted that although the magnitude of the problems may not be the same in individual countries a common approach to them would help.

He reminded African leaders that the expectations from younger generation is very high, 'we should not do anything to disillusion them. 'We must not allow them to fall into despair and lose hope in the future. This is our challenge.'