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The successful extradition from Sudan of Sadiq Aminu Ogwuche, the co-mastermind of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya Bus Terminal bombing is a significant step forward in Nigeria?s fight against insurgency. This is indeed a huge leap forward towards closing in on sponsors of terrorism in our nation and a strong attestation to the commitment of our security agencies to defeat the act of terror.

We wish to commend our security agencies working day and night to battle insurgency to a halt. We are proud of your efforts and the enormous sacrifice you are making day and night to ensure peace and stability in our nation. GAAT applauds the doggedness of the Federal Government towards securing the extradition of Ogwuche. We equally commend the cooperation of the government of Sudan. We have consistently maintained that a concerted regional and global effort is needed to end the activities of terrorism in Nigeria.

GAAT is however appealing to the judiciary to speed up the trial process and ensure that justice is served to the country, especially the families of over 70 Nigerians killed in the Nyanya bombing. We are also demanding for quick dispensation of justice in the trial of Senator Ali Ndume over terrorism. We urge the Judiciary to be resolute at this trying time and support this fight holistically.

We also wish to appeal to the troubled parents of the abducted Chibok School Girls to be weary of interest groups, individuals and politicians wishing to use their ordeal to score political points. We urge you to embrace the opportunity of the invitation extended to you by President Goodluck Jonathan to express your feelings and listen directly to efforts being made to secure the release of your daughters. We are all pained and concerned and want our girls back.

The Grand Alliance Against Terrorism (GAAT) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization comprised of and led by concerned citizens. GAAT?s mission is to seek an all-inclusive participation in the fight against terrorism; drive citizen-response mechanism; support the victims of terrorism in Nigeria and show solidarity with our soldiers who are working with patriotism in harm?s way to fight insurgency.

ATOYE, Ariyo-Dare

Secretary-General, GAAT (08030620882)

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