In what came as a rude shock to Muslims within President Muhammadu Buhari’s inner circle, PMB condemned yesterday’s terror attack on a group of American Gay men in a Night Club in Florida.
President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet had argued that the month of Ramadan is a holy month and that PMB had rather place a private call across to Barack Obama.
The President, who described the act as “Cowardly” and “Criminal” does not support terrorism. But he would have kept mute just like other Muslim leaders did or use other covert diplomatic move to express his condolences.
PMB’s reaction to the bombing was captured in a letter written by his Media and publicity Secretary, Mr. Femi Adesina and signed by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and forwarded to United States diplomatic mission in Nigeria.
In the letter, Buhari assured Barack Obama of Nigeria’s continued support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
‘‘President Buhari extends his most sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims.
‘‘The President condemns such criminal, cowardly attack, wherever it might occur, as an attack on all decent, democratic, peaceful people.
“Every terrorist attack only strengthens Nigeria’s resolve to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States and other countries in the frontline of the war on terror,’’ the letter read.
PMB called ‘‘on all peace-loving nations to commit themselves whole-heartedly to multilateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at eradicating the scourge of international terrorism.’’
It seems PMB understands the balance between religion and politics.