Goodluck Jonathan has paid his respects to the almost 40 victims of Nigeria’s Christmas Day church blasts, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The President is a Christian from the south of Nigeria. Islamist militants from the mainly Muslim north said they carried out the series of bombings.
By far the worst carnage was at St Theresa’s Catholic Church near the capital Abuja. It was packed on one of global Christianity’s most important feast days when a bomb exploded outside. At least 35 people were killed.
There were other targets apart from churches. A suicide bomber killed four security officials in one of the other explosions, police said.
There has been widespread international condemnation of the attacks, claimed by the Boko Haram Islamist group. It aims to impose Sharia law across Nigeria and fears are growing that it is trying to ignite a sectarian civil war.