Mr. Speaker, in the early hours of Thursday, 7 July 2005, the world woke up to the deadful events of separate bomb explosions in the underground tube stations at King's Cross, Euston, and Liverpool Street, all of London, and an additional bomb explosion in a double- decker bus in the same neighbourhood.
The city of London, in a state of perplexity and anguish, is still counting the exact number of fatalities, but as at now, the figures stand at 52 dead and over-400 having sustained various degrees of injuries.
Mr. Speaker, once again, the world has witnessed another grim experience of a dastardly and barbaric strike by agents of terrorism where sole agenda is to use fear and shock and loss of confidence as a means of publicizing and drawing attention to their aims and objectives.
This blow is an act that deserves total and unreserved condemnation by all well- meaning peoples around the world not so much because of the fatalities involved, but more so because we cannot tolerate a scenario where the weapons or fear are used as means to justify or advertise a cause. Apostles of politics or intimidation should never be allowed to subjugate and subvert the politics of persuation.
For us in Ghana and Africa in general, this terrible bestial act of inhumanity was calculated not just to confuse the G-8 Leaders Summit in Scotland, but also to let the world know that they, the terrorists, are no friends of Africa, that they could not be bothered about the plight of Africa, that whether the G-8 leaders are thinking of Africa or not is not their business. The unequivocal message from the terrorists in their bombings in London to African leaders is that they are not our friends. They are not concerned with our suffering and care less about efforts to reduce our poverty.
For these lessons, Mr. Speaker, we in Africa particular should condemn the bombing with all the vehemence that we can command.
Terrorism is not limited to any particular nation at this time -- We are all at risk, and we are all in danger.
Mr. Speaker, it is important for this House to express its deepest and sincere condolences to all the bereaved families, and those injured must be wished a speedy recovery. It is important to know that this act of these terrorists has nothing to do with any religion nor is it, as has been said often and often, a class of civilization. It is simply a question of people who do not appreciate using the power of logic and for whom all that is understood is the logic of force.
Mr. Speaker, as I earlier on said, we will urge this House, as it were, and Ghanaians and the people of the world over to condemn in no uncertain terms this dastardly act.