Former Central Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani visited survivors of a 2012 Boko Haram bomb blast at St. Monica Catholic Church in Malali, Kaduna on Saturday.
In 2012, around eight worshipers were killed in the blast, and several more were injured. Those who survived the attack regretted that they have since been left to take care of themselves.
The survivors took advantage of the visit of the former legislator to ask the government and citizens for help to recover their lives.
One survivor, Polycarp Lawrence, who lost an eye in the attack, said he has been paying his medical bills with little support from the church, which has not been enough. “Since the 2012 bomb explosion, I have not regained my rhythm in life. Life has been very difficult for me and my family. There have been many empty promises from the government and some people, ”said the victim.
‘I was on duty that fateful day; the suicide bomber crashed into the church fence. I risked my life to save a lot of people and found myself unconscious in the hospital. ‘
Another survivor, Jonathan, complained about the lack of government support, saying: “While I was admitted to St Gerald Hospital in Sabo after suffering the attack, I hardly received any help from the government.”
Sen Shehu Sani described the development as “unfortunate” and promised to help the survivors in any way he can.
“When a tragedy happens, it appears on the front page of the newspaper. But, years later, the survivors of such violence will be forced to fend for themselves.
Victims of violence, victims of banditry, are supposed to be in the custody of the states and the federal government. They should be seen as people who died in the service of their country.
‘Those people suffered persecution. People who lost part of their body simply because they were peaceful, respectful and obedient citizens of this country.
“I want to urge you not to grieve that you have lost your eyes or your limbs; the brand you see that you are not born with. Even if your scars have been there for more than eight years, the nation is still in your debt, ‘the former senator told survivors.
“We always say that we thank God that there are no more bombings in this country, but we cannot say that the murders in this country will stop.
“Churches and mosques are not bombed, it is a fact today, but people continue to be killed in large numbers and people are kidnapped in large numbers.
‘You can’t even get a few kilometers away from Kaduna without falling into the hands of the kidnappers. People sell their farms and houses to pay ransoms. No one is safe now.
‘So I am here today to identify with you and assure you that wherever I go, I will be an ambassador who will speak for you.
‘And it is still not too late for the government to look back and observe the plight of those orphans and widows … it is not too late for the government to look back at those who lost their sight and limbs as a result of this. kind of violence, ‘he added.