When Kano central mosque was attacked in 2014, we did not blame Igbo or Yoruba – Kawu Garba

June 7, 2022

Famous writer and Twitter influencer, Kawu Garba has taken his page to express his feelings concerning the sad and unfortunate incident in Ondo State by making reference to a similar incident in 2014.

Kawu Garba explains that Kano Central Mosque was attacked and a hundred of worshippers were killed in the unfortunate incident.

He further said that many friends, families and close relatives were lost in the attack but their emotions were controlled and didn’t blame it on the innocent Igbos and Yourbas inhabiting peacefully in the country together with them.

Recall that a church was attacked by terrorists at Owo, Ondo State yesterday which claimed lives.

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Kano mosque attack kills dozens

Dozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack on 28 November 2014during prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, officials say.

Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at almost 400.

The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers.

The emir recently called for people to arm themselves against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

No group said it had carried out the attack, but the assumption is that Boko Haram was behind it.

The group has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009 and has killed more than 2,000 people this year, rights groups say.

President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attack, calling on all Nigerians “to remain united to confront the common enemy”.

He said the government would “continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved in acts of terrorism”.


Nigerian police said 35 people were killed in the attack, but some eyewitnesses said far more people lost their lives.

The rescue official, speaking to Agence France-Presse, put the casualty toll at 120 dead and 270 hurt, although this has not been independently confirmed.

Police officers at the scene of the attack in Kano
Eyewitnesses spoke of three bomb explosions and a gun fights near the mosque
A young boy injured in the mosque attack arrives at local hospital
A number of the injured are being treated at Kano’s hospital
The new emir of the northern Nigerian city of Kano Lamido Sanusi (C) walks in Kano on 9 June 2014
Muhammad Sanusi II (C)

Three bomb explosions were reported in and around the mosque. The attackers also turned gunfire on worshippers.

Some reports say the first bomb was hidden in a car which was driven straight into the worshippers.

One eyewitness told the BBC’s Focus on Africa: “The imam was about to start prayer when he saw somebody in a car trying to force himself into the mosque. But when people stopped him, he detonated the explosions. People started running helter-skelter.”

There was pandemonium as people ran for their lives.

But then several men then opened fire on the crowd killing more people. Three of the gunmen were caught, and – as the terror turned to rage – they were killed on the spot, the BBC’s Will Ross in Abuja reports.

BBC Hausa editor Mansur Liman said one witness at a local hospital had described the scenes there as being the most horrible he had ever seen.


Analysis: Tomi Oladipo, BBC Africa security correspondent, Lagos

It is clear it is not only Christians who face the threat of violence in northern Nigeria. This is a major mosque, frequented by one of the country’s most influential Muslim leaders, Kano’s emir.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi II has criticised Boko Haram and only last week urged civilians to take up arms against the group. This has raised questions as to whether he was the target of today’s attack – although he was out of the country at the time.

While violence in remote rural areas is no longer news for many Nigerians, the increasing attacks in larger cities are sending shockwaves across the country. The military’s ongoing counter-terrorism efforts will need more concrete results to boost public confidence.


Our correspondent says Boko Haram will be the main suspects, as the attack bore all the hallmarks of the group.

No-one from the group has yet commented.

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks against civilian targets since the Nigerian military launched an offensive last year.

Boko Haram was also behind the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno state this year, an act that sparked international outrage.

Kano Mosque Attack: No terrorist act can destroy the Nigerian spirit — Jonathan

ThennPresident Goodluck Jonathan had on November 29, 2014 extended heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Kano State over the heinous attack on the Central Mosque in Kano, earlier today.

He commiserates with all the families who lost their loved ones. The President calls on relief agencies and medical personnel to deploy every possible effort to assist the injured, and the general public to heed the call for the donation of blood by the hospitals where the injured are being treated.

The President has further directed the security agencies to launch a full-scale investigation and to leave no stone unturned until all agents of terror undermining the right of every citizen to life and dignity, are tracked down and brought to justice.

The President reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestation is a despicable and unjustifiable threat to our society. He reiterates the determination of the government to continue to take every step to put an end to the reprehensible acts of all groups and persons involved in acts of terrorism.

President Jonathan calls on all Nigerians not to despair in this moment of great trial in our nation’s history but to remain united to confront the common enemy.

The President is confident that no terrorist act against fellow citizens will destroy the Nigerian spirit to remain positive, resolute and united in the quest for lasting peace and security in the country.

He appeals to all Nigerians to remain vigilant and cooperate actively with our security agencies to win the on-going war against terror.

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