The 2016 flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo has joined the rest of the world in expressing condolence to the familes of the 147 students of Garissa University who were gruesomely killed by Al-Shabaab’s militants last Thursday.
According to a statement signed by the opposition leader, the action of the militant group was unjustified and called for the world authorities to stand up against it.
Nana Addo further appealed to Kenyans to remain steadfast and tolerant of the existing religions in the country.
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I received news of Al-Shabbab’s attack on the campus of Garissa University College in Kenya with shock and sadness. I join the rest of the world in sympathising with the families of the dead and the wounded. I pray for a speedy recovery for the wounded so that they can get back to their studies. I wish to condemn unreservedly, this insane and cowardly act by Al-Shabbab. All true Muslims agree that Al-Shabbab’s actions and agenda cannot be justified under the principles and laws of Islam. No religion sanctions the killing of innocent people, especially women and children. The world must stand up together against all the atrocities that go on around the world in a twisted understanding of religion or ideology.
President Uhuru Kenyatta needs to be assured with deeds, not just words, that the world stands with Kenya and stands ready to support him in the necessary fight against such evil. The citizens of Kenya deserve to go about their daily lawful activities without being terrorised by a group of cowardly people who bastardise a peaceful religion of great good.
We must not allow an evil few to destroy a tradition of centuries of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in our parts of the world. I wish to appeal to all Kenyans to remain steadfast in their well-known spirit of tolerance and not allow themselves to be provoked into seeing their fellow Muslim compatriots as enemies. Al-Shabbab does not and cannot represent the Muslim population of either Somalia or Kenya.
Once again, I send my sympathies to the affected families.
May the Almighty bless us all.
2016 NPP Presidential Candidate