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Zuma condemns Nigeria church attacks

2011-12-26 22:40

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has condemned the series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in Nigeria and conveyed his condolences to his Nigerian counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan, his office said.

The confirmed death toll stood at 35 on Monday night. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility.

During his recent visit to Nigeria, Zuma underscored the need for the two countries to work together to promote peace and security, sustainability and democracy in the continent of Africa, a statement read.

"South Africa will work with Nigeria, within the ambit of the African Union, to rid the continent of terrorism and other related ills," the president said during the visit.

Zuma expressed condolences "particularly families of the deceased and the injured, during this difficult time of mourning and sadness," the statement read.

Comments
  • yucfgjdxgsxhcghgvdcdikfbvgdj - 2011-12-26 23:21

    Zuma is such an idiot. Just the other day he basically said that Christianity which the settlers brought is to blame for South Africas problems and that we should go back to worshipping trees or whatever they worshiped before the settlers came. Now he offers condolences for bombed churches. Like he cares. Make up your mind Jacob!

      Shoe - 2011-12-27 02:21

      Can credit be given where it is due? The man, even though he recently admitted to having some issues with Christianity, and while on holiday with his super-size family of 3 wives, 2 fiances, and 22 children still managed to take time to be mindful of those in pain. Which is truely far more than most people in his position can do in four lifetimes.

      Paul - 2011-12-27 06:30

      I'd be very interested to know why his mother chose the biblical name "Jacob"

      Dewdawn - 2011-12-27 06:49

      @Shoe, sure we will give him credit when it is due. Not this time though because he is only uttering the thoughts of one of the Luthuli House phishing spin doctors otherwise he would have been silent. Then again, maybe some of 419 buddies got caught up in the terror attacks.

      Mike - 2011-12-27 08:09

      Says the anc which ordered church attacks in Cape Town less than 20 years ago!

      UlaGillion - 2011-12-27 10:20

      @Paul "I'd be very interested to know why his mother chose the biblical name "Jacob" Interesting question. Jacob means deceiver :)

      Jerhone - 2011-12-27 11:41

      to paul his mother heard the name from Afrikaaners which is pronounced Jakop, she thought ja he has a kop but no brains in it, hence Jakop

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 16:32

      At last, a fair comment from Atheitis. Earlier you wrote that Muslims "secretly applauded" the savage attacks. Good to see that you reconsidered it. These terrorist acts only makes our wonderful faith look bad.

      Shoe - 2011-12-27 19:09

      @ DewDawn; fair enough. But you guys seem to forget that poor Zuma, like any other puppent, is totally dependent on the one pulling the strings. The poor guy, with his low levels of formal education and exposure, relies and totally depends on the advice of the educated elite that used him to get the positions they now occupy. Just look at the advice he has been getting from Radebe lately. They are making a total stooge out of the guy.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-27 22:48

      Aligning himself with a potential terrorist state...another dumb move by an illiterate buffoon.

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-12-26 23:22

    Islam is too poisinous to the black Nigerians and they will foolishly defend it because they have foolishly embrased an unAfrican culture. Nigerian must think amd accepted that there are Africans maube its better they practice what thier fore fathers used to practise. Muslim is an Arab religion not African. Its a religion that has caused a lot of suffering to the black Nigerians.

      Russell - 2011-12-27 00:50

      agreed although don't blame islam but rather the F****ng terrorists who distort it. i think nigeria has 2 send in the army and wipe these F*****rs out. condolences 2 the families of the loved ones.

      Sterling - 2011-12-27 02:21

      Very good comment and many black African don't know it.

      Mike - 2011-12-27 08:31

      @Atheitis: Just one question? How do you know this Man was white? BTW, your accusations has no substance and hatred does not assist your cause!

      Selwyn - 2011-12-27 08:40

      @Atheitis, I can understand why you don't understans christianity, you intellect and spelling is atrocious, no wonder, you can't read. Poor fella!!! BTW it is ATHEIST!!!

      Piet - 2011-12-27 10:24

      @Atheist. Nothing original from you yet? Same old same old satanic babble and hate for the living Christ. Amazing that he even died and rose for fools like you, because he is God.

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 12:26

      "Muslim is an Arab religion not African" ??? And I suppose that Christianity is an African religion, right Nkosinathi? You're forgetting that NGK Christianity brought alot of suffering to black South Africans.

      OzzyIn - 2011-12-27 14:23

      @Atheitis, Jesus was white? Really? Are you trying perpetuate the myth that the Bible is a "white man's book" to further your 'cause'? Being born in the Middle East to Middle Eastern Jewish parents it is a very high probability the Jesus was of Arab appearence. There is little to no chance that Jesus was white.

      Mike - 2011-12-27 14:56

      @Atheis: Why you wish this article to become a racist column, I yet have to understand your reasoning!?? Nearly? Sounds like a"average"! Was Allah white? For that matter was Budhah white? Let me guess, every spiritual Leader in your eyes are white, that's why you are an Atheis(t)? Oh, and BTW, for an Atheis(t), you know quite a bit about the Quran! Amazing......

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-12-26 23:25

    I wish we had a President that's not a Fool!

      fragtion - 2011-12-27 03:24

      That won't change as long as people continue to vote for ANC

      Silver - 2011-12-27 09:05

      @KenJayMay: And what does that say about the people who put him in power?

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:32

      It also says a lot about the people who voted in vervoed and his lot.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:32

      It also says a lot about the people who voted in vervoed and his lot.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:33

      It also says a lot about the people who voted in vervoed and his lot.

  • Tahir - 2011-12-26 23:54

    Religious intolerance and extremism must be condemned regardless of the religion or the leader that does it. President Zuma has done the right thing, he is showing compassion on behalf of the South African people - solidarity in Nigerias hour of sorrow. Lastly, Islam teaches peace and tolerance, extremism must be to blame not Islam or even Christianity.

      Phillie - 2011-12-27 00:23

      So what type of extremists would you say they are if not Islamic extremists? (Incidentally Boko Haram admit to being Islamic)!

      fragtion - 2011-12-27 03:25

      Islam teaches peace and tolerance? Hahahahahahah good joke my friend. Islam is fundamentally intolerant of all other religions. I think you need to do some research to rid yourself of such ignorance

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 12:33

      Yeah, you're missing alot Atheitis. The first 2 verses don't speak about killing non-Muslims at all. The third verse does, but if you had studied the entire Qur'an, (you obviously did not), you would know that it is in the context of Self-defence. In other words, when the other group is the agressor and intends to kill Muslims. Please stop posting nonsense.

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 12:37

      And Atheitis, you are misquoting the verses completely. Which translation of the Qur'an are you using? Allah will punish you for your lies and misrepresentation - Whether you believe in God or not, is immaterial.

  • Max - 2011-12-27 00:07

    This is a good one comming from the ANC who not so long ago used exactly the same dispicable tactic of church bombings...

  • Max - 2011-12-27 00:12

    This is a good one comming from the ANC who not so long ago used exactly the same despicable tactic of church bombings...

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2011-12-27 00:23

    I think Jacobus Zoo-ology three working brainsells tell him there is a something like white christianity and black christianity. Thats why he talks like what he talks. . . .

  • ubhejane - 2011-12-27 01:47

    Thank you President. I love it when you act like a President! Now keep your head together and get a professional to write your speeches and fire that sidekick Maharaj. He will still facilitate your downfall.

      Ben - 2011-12-27 04:30

      If Maharaj writes his speeches, is that why this antagonism towards Christianity came through in his last speech?

  • pierre.hough1 - 2011-12-27 02:17

    How ironic! The ANC bombed a church themselves as a 'legitimate' target. Now Zuma ondemns the very same act of terrorism! Are we harbouring Bok Haram terrorists here in South Africa? Can Zuma assure us of that?

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:29

      Well seeing the anc was fighting against the oppression of the previous government I'd say these two situations cannot be compared

  • rlong1952 - 2011-12-27 02:44

    Anyone remember the St James Church bombing? Who did that again??? Man, I think the political party's name started with an 'A' Don't blame Islam for this, it is crazy individuals who twist their religion for their own ends. So sick. God be with those people.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-27 03:37

      The political party that was responsible for the St James Church attack did not start with an "A". It starts with a "P". As in PAC. AZAPO was its military wing. One of the PAC leaders at the time has a name that also starts with a "P" As in Patricia de Lille. And by the way, why shouldn't we blame Islam for the Nigeria church bombings when the Muslim Boko Haram sect has already claimed responsibility in the name of Islam and Sharia law? Where are the Muslim leaders that will stand up and condemn this act?They are too scared to speak against a declared Jihad or Fatwa - they know what will happen to them if they do.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-27 03:37

      @Burtfred. Thank you. Eish these people that think one mould fits us all.

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 14:16

      Atheitis, you've done it again. Posting utter nonsense. How can any Muslim secretly applaud Boko Haram, when their terrorist actions make us all look bad? I will never be ashamed to be a Muslim - I've benefited far too much spiritually, in my life from following Islamic teachings - but I am ashamed of the fact that Extremists are using the name of my wonderful faith to kill innocents.

  • Wendy - 2011-12-27 06:36

    But ... Mr Zuma, remember it's Christians fault that there are orphanages and old age homes, oh then it must also be their fault that aids have caused so many orphans .. so why on earth would you be sorry about the attack on churches.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-27 07:38

      He didn't say Christians should be killed

  • Daft - 2011-12-27 07:00

    Zuma you amuse me !!...You are a frikken "draadsitter"...one day u claim to be a christian pastor the next day you can't tolerate christians....Stop drinking and get direction !!

      Silver - 2011-12-27 09:11

      I think the phrase you are looking for is “Stop shagging and get direction”. Clearly when this man “starts thinking” he gets an erection.

  • The-Azanian - 2011-12-27 07:07

    Mr prez we also have ANCYL to condem b4 they bcm domestic terrorists.

  • mamoshianem1 - 2011-12-27 07:26

    It suprising to see Africans fighting over foreign religions.Islamic and Christinity religions are not from Africa.What happen to African indigenous religious.

      Ben - 2011-12-27 07:51

      Christian churches were in parts of Africa; Ethiopia, Nigeria and Congo before any European came here. It came down from the Middle East before the Suez canal when that country was one with Afica, if what I read is true. In fact at some stage in history the continents were one. Chistianity moved south with black groups moving south.

      Burtfred - 2011-12-27 08:11

      In reply to your question - "What happened to African Indigenous religion?" It is apparently live and well. The ancient doctrines of Greed, corruption, plain idiocy, tribalism and racism are practised all over Africa. Mass murder is still regularly on the advent calendar. The high priests wear Armani suits, Breitling watches and drive Range Rovers. These are festooned with flashing blue lights and howling sirens, heralding the arrival of the reverend. There are thousands of temples - some preach Nandoism and another sect offers Kayefseeism. Oh, and they still slaughter cows and goats when they are happy or sad. Their holy water used for annointing and soothing the inner worshipper, comes from Scotland, in a square bottle with a blue label. It is made by the disciple Johnnny Walker.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-27 07:51

    Looking at the comments here i fail to understand the mentality of most- surely most if not all countries offer condolences to each other during times like these. yes he did blame the church for whatever but he didn't say kill Christians. Please i pray we do not let racism cloud our intelligence. so if someone is an atheist he must not convey his condolences?

  • jaap.kotze - 2011-12-27 07:53

    Sir! These being ''Christian'' chuches. And given your stance on Christiananity and your elected life style, shouldnt you be dancing and rejoycing?

  • Comrade - 2011-12-27 07:54

    OH....it SPEAKS!

  • JamesBotha1 - 2011-12-27 08:18

    Who is Zuma really the other day he make a statement if you vote ANC then you go to heaven, he actually said Jesus is not good enough.. Think about it, He insult God the Almighty and Jesus.. No he wants to sympathize. My suggestion is we have another public holiday to try to find Zuma`s personality try to figure out who he really is..

  • braamc - 2011-12-27 08:24

    It is the human race and politics that will destroy and destroying humankind not religion

      Garth - 2011-12-27 09:17

      Without humankind there is no religion. Every single major war, minor conflict and back-yard strife on the go at the moment throughout our tiny world of 7 billion, has as its root cause none other than RELIGION. Your, and your kinds', belief in beings supernatural and your overwhelming compunction to defend those beliefs in the most violent manners possible, are what the world needs to rid Herself of. 2.1 billion christians, 1,1 billion muslims and 500 million other sycophants banished to fight out your petty differences on Mars(sorry Mars) would solve all, ALL, the problems of this world.

  • Bloubul Jonck - 2011-12-27 08:38

    Why cant you CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF INNOCENT WHITE FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ????????????????????

      Azande - 2011-12-27 09:30

      He condemns it.

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-27 09:51

      There's a farm by Limpopo River apparently it used to belong to my great great grandfolks, I want it back! You know how i'm gonna have it?

      Mike - 2011-12-27 11:34

      @Moss: MMMMM, must be one of your fourfathers! Just wonder which one? JZ is a possibility though?! BTW, Malemmer already bought it for R4m cash, better you go ask him for a shack or a shaik?

      The-Azanian - 2011-12-27 11:43

      Where on earth do u live? hes the one who eliminatd ur number1 enemy, nw u say ths sht.

      Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-27 11:43

      @Mike, trying so hard to make intelligent comments haa!! Maybe at Rapport, your comments are too average and obvious

      Mike - 2011-12-27 12:18

      @Moss: If the sun shines? Wake up and smell the roses!

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:21

      Did vervoed and botha condemn the thousands of black people who died under apartheid law?

  • Azande - 2011-12-27 09:37

    I'm sure Nigeria accepts the condolences and very happy with your empathy during their mourning time. Never worry about the sick cynics you have here in SA, especially in news24.

      Trevor - 2011-12-27 09:49

      Smoking some of your own product I see..........

      Azande - 2011-12-27 10:26

      I do not mind, Mr Noah? Your clown still entertains most of us. HAHAHAHAHA

  • Trevor - 2011-12-27 09:48

    Jacob Zuma is an idiot of the first order....not a week ago condems Christianity for all the problems in SA now....Church bombings...Robert Mcbride..ANC..bring back memories..one mans terrorist is another Freedon Fighter so Jacob Zuma/ANC....they proven yet again,all in it for self enrichment...nothing more...nothing less..

      Azande - 2011-12-27 10:22

      Zuma sends his condolences as a State President to another state for the "lives" that are lost. Is that very hard to concieve? He further says "South Africa will work with Nigeria, within the ambit of the African Union, to rid the continent of terrorism and other related ills," is that commitment to work with Nigeria naive? Who is really an idiot here, Zuma or Trevor?

  • Mboneni - 2011-12-27 09:53

    It is saddening that countries where islam is dorminant is blessed with terror,there is no religeous tolerance.Let us pray for the peoples of nigeria,somalia,afghanistan,pakistan etc that people can not be forced to live by sharia law,people need freedom to choose and decide for themselves if they want christianity or islam

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 14:58

      Mboneni, just about everywhere where Muslims became agitated and violent, is a where a non-Muslim power interfered first: Palestine - Britain and USA and now Israel Iraq - USA Afghanistan - USSR & USA Egypt - British colonisers Tunisia - French colonisers Philippines - Americans Nigeria - Nato interference due to its oil and strategic advantages ad nauseum. Jihaad is a defensive, not an offensive measure. Terrorism is not Jihaad - it is evil.

  • Piet - 2011-12-27 10:26

    Zuma the rising African Anti Christ

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-27 11:03

    Zuma should leave other countries alone and condemn all the taxi killings.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:18

      Ellamyn you're stupid. Heads of state usually condemn or send condolences to other countries. What do you expect zuma to do?

  • Jerhone - 2011-12-27 11:35

    with that bullsh*t said it's off to nklanda to make more pikinienies that the taxpayer can support, great words from the oversized great kahuna with the one brain cell that can't dance, those wise words should comfort the victims who imported their evil religion to African shores

  • Pamela - 2011-12-27 17:47

    oh yeh this is bad RIP THOSE ARE DIED

  • edward.d.beesley - 2011-12-27 19:10

    Jacob was a super hero Xhosa who became Chaka Zulu's right hand man after being imprisoned on Robin Island for a while, sailing with the English, and eventually making his way to Chaka, after surviving an upended boat in the surf off Zululand. It was probably him who gave Chaka the idea to invent the short stabbing spear (similar to a sword) and the strategies for conventional warfare which worked so much in his favour. I reckon Zuma was named after him.

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:16

      Zuma is zulu not xhosa, idiot

  • Haha - 2011-12-28 08:34

    Most of the people commenting here are idiots. Read the headline, read the story..what the hell do you want Zuma to say, it's like everyone wants him to NOT condemn it. Zuma did and said the right thing, get over it!

  • Nokwanda - 2011-12-28 09:50

    Here talks a man who said that christianity is the cause that responsible for ubuntu deminishing. I'm sorry to say this but our president is stupid

  • Pixie86 - 2011-12-28 13:37

    Goodness! If these nay-saying white people were so vocal about the previous government as they are about the current government we would have been liberated years ago! There's nothing wrong with zuma condemning these attacks!

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