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27th June 2012, 08:20 AM
Following the increasing wave of terrorism in Nigeria, foreign diplomats on Monday cried out to the Federal Government for protection.

The diplomats took their case to the government on a day Senate President, David Mark warned the Boko Haram sect that there is a limit to which the country can tolerate their bomb attacks which have claimed many lives.

The Senate President therefore challenged northern leaders to own up if the problem of Boko Haram is beyond them, saying the sect’s terrorist activities will break up Nigeria if they fail to stop the perpetrators.

From left: Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba; Senate President, David Mark and President Goodluck Jonathan during the opening of Senate 2012 retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Monday.

The foreign embassies in Abuja, worried by the security challenges in the country, took their worries to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Administration for solid assurance on the security of their offices in the territory.

High Commissioners of Trinidad & Tobago, Rwanda and Mali who visited the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed in his office, sought improved security around the diplomatic community in Abuja and appealed to the minister to ensure the protection of lives and property of diplomats in Abuja. The three diplomats are High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago to Nigeria, Ambassador Nyahuma Obika; Rwanda High Commissioner, Joseph Habineza and Malian Ambassador, Mahanane Amadou Maiga.

Though, the ambassadors promised to strengthen trade ties between their various countries and Nigeria, they called for enhanced security of the diplomatic community.

The FCT Minister assured the ambassadors of the safety of the members of the diplomatic community, saying their safety is of utmost importance to the government and that security agents are on top of the security challenge in Nigeria.

According to him, “we will do all it takes to protect lives and property of all residents of the Federal Capital Territory, including members of the diplomatic community”.

There’s limit to patience, Mark told Boko Haram.

Speaking in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital at the Senate Retreat, Mark also said he feared the eruption of religious war if these bombings by the sect do not stop soon. He, however, called for political solution to the insurgency, noting that military solution has failed, but that, “there’s limit to patience and, people have to be told that.”

The retreat with the theme: “The National Assembly and National Security: Securing the Future for Development, is being attended by all the senators.

Meanwhile, except for the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who gave his goodwill message, Chairmen of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progress Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Labour Party and All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA shunned the Retreat even though they were on the programme to give their goodwill messages.