Brussels Attacks: Reactions Trail PMB’s Solidarity with World Leaders

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A man looks at flowers and messages of support outside the stock exchange in Brussels. Photo/Npr.org

Belgium officials have confirmed that 31 people were killed and 270 others wounded in the coordinated bomb attacks at the Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels Tuesday.

Belgian media has reported that the police are engaged in an active man hunt for some of the suspects of the attack. Police have released the image of a man they want to question in connection to the attacks. The man hunt has been destructive as many windows were shattered; activities brought to a halt and people scampered for safety.

Reacting to earlier reports that the suicide bomber at the airport detonated his bomb at the checking counter of the American Airlines, the airline released a statement saying its employees and crew members were not injured in the blast.

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined leaders across Europe and the rest of the world in condemning the atrocious terrorist attacks at the Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station in Brussels earlier Tuesday, a statement from his office said:

Buhari commiserated with Prime Minister Charles Michel and Belgians over the loss of over 30 lives in the attacks.

The president assures Prime Minister Michel and the people of Belgium that having suffered the horror and anguish of incessant terrorist attacks over several years, Nigeria stands in full solidarity with them on this day of national pain and trauma.

President Buhari believes that the appalling attack on Brussels reinforces the need for greater international cooperation to effectively confront and destroy global terrorism and its perpetrators.

The president assures the global community that under his leadership, Nigeria will continue to work with other countries of the world to ensure that terrorism never triumphs over free, peaceful and law-abiding nations and people of the world.

He wishes the more than 100 persons injured in the attacks a speedy recovery.

Contrarily, Nigerians have reacted swiftly online to the diplomatic response of the President as people believe that Nigeria is still being invaded by various forms of insurgents. Benue State is lying in ruins as the Fulani herdsmen are attacking the Agatu farmers and their home-stead.

Nigerians want their leaders not to pay lip service to bringing an end to all these pockets of uprising in the nation. The leadership of the country now assumes that crisis within the nation is a norm and “something that we can live with” as described by erstwhile President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
(With information from Premium Times Nigeria)