Mall Attack: FG to offer assistance to Kenya

Abuja –  President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday in Abuja said Nigeria would give support and render assistance to Kenya in its efforts to curtail the scourge of terrorism.

This is contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, condemning Saturday’s terrorists’ attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in Kenya.

According to the statement, the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi by terrorists suspected to be of the Al-Shabab sect reportedly left about 59 people dead.

Most of those killed in the attack, the statement added, were women and children, while more than 150 were reportedly injured.

President Jonathan, according to the statement, said the assistance was in line with the spirit of recent agreements for enhanced bilateral co-operation between both countries.

“Nigeria will assist Kenya to avoid a recurrence of the heinous attack,’’ it said.

The statement said Jonathan also extended heartfelt condolences to President Uhuru Kenyatta and all Kenyans over the loss of lives in Saturday’s terrorists’ attack.

It added that President Jonathan and Nigeria joined the rest of the world in condemning “the atrocious, callous and abominable attack on defenceless Kenyans and foreign nationals’’.

The statement said Jonathan assured Kenyatta and the people of Kenya of Nigeria’s full solidarity as they grapple with the attack’s consequences and strive to end the terrorist siege.

“The President prays that God Almighty will comfort all those who lost their loved ones in the attack and grant the injured speedy recovery,’’ it said.(NAN)

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