“Atiku weeps over massacre of 29 school pupils in Yobe”

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Tuesday broke down in tears when informed of the killings of dozens of pupils of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in the Gujiba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The former Vice Presiden,t who is also Grand Patron of Federal Government College Okigwe Old Students Association said in a strongly-worded statement by his media office in Abuja that all the Federal Government had been doing about addressing the security situation in the North-east region of the country amounts to mere chasing of shadows if school walls cannot be protected from armed attacks.

The former Vice President particularly frowned at the impression given by President Goodluck Jonathan at his Presidential Media Chat on Monday that the government has been successful at pushing armed attacks to the fringes of the country.

Atiku said, “My heartfelt condolences go to families of the slain school pupils. It is unfortunate that innocent school children, will become victims of armed attacks.

“This is not the first time in recent times that school children have been attacked, and it is particularly disheartening that the Federal Government is yet to devise a strategy of keeping our schools safe from terror attacks.

“If our counter-insurgency strategies are not strong enough to keep our children safe inside their schools, then one must wonder if such a strategy isn’t mere chasing shadows.”

According to him “it is important that the Federal Government ups its counter-insurgency strategy and desist from taking credits in pushing armed attacks to the fringes, as the president would like to put it. No Nigerian’s life is less in value to another.”

He said it is imperative for government to ensure security in schools, in particular the Federal Government Colleges because of their unique role in forging national unity among pupils from diverse backgrounds in the country.


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    Extremely saddening! School children slaughtered and set ablaze. For what? What did they do to deserve this cruel fate beyond being citizens of a country where the leaders are utterly clueless?

    The attack is a reminder to the President, who was engaging in recriminations during his uninspiring media chat on Monday, that it is too early to claim success in the fight against Boko Haram.

    Let President Jonathan roll up his sleeves and put his shoulder to the plough, instead of castigating a governor who is as much a victim as are the people of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa states.

  • deji

    Don’t this useless Boko Haram people knows the way to Aso Rock? Why are they killing innocent people? E no go bettr for una and your sponsors.
    Cowards!

    • sir Oscie

      My guy ask them oh!!! Useless blood suckers

  • Angryman

    The murderers are free of blame !
    Likewise the sponsors
    Expose the perpetrators

  • Amina

    It’s a very sad thing that we all voted for this useless. Man that has no human feelings.All he cares now is how to continue o be president in 2015.Fly to Yobe state,bornu state and bauchi state to see the people.Cry out loud when you get there and not sitting in Abuja and be talking.you have no feelings.all you car is about 2015 while we are still in 2014.i am very,very disappointed I voted for you.the parents of this innocent children killed are not definitely not politicians.what is expected of this insurgents dialogue but you are not interested .the sycophants around you are not telling you truth.So sad that whoever tell you the truth is your enemy.continue digging your grave.any comment about you or advice is from your enemy.atimes I wonder hw you got your certificate.

  • Toby

    Political Tears

  • Mr. Abdinn

    Atiku has said it all,the condition of our country is very unfortunate how on this earth people will be dying every day without any concern from the federal Government and if our pillars are been attacked which happens to be our federal institutions then we are in trouble, Your excellency Sir, lets keep on praying for our country and we hope to have a change in the statisquo, May God give us your type as our leaders so that our country can move forward.

  • sir Oscie

    Thank you for your thoughts sir.
    Anybody who has a hand either directly or indirectly in the formation of the Islamic sect Boko Haram must die a mysterious and painful death…. Can I get an AMEN to that???

    Haba! Innocent kids for that matter, may God give the affected parents the grace to bear this lost.

  • Excisionist

    How to defeat Boko Haram

    It is very easy to defeat Boko Haram and their sponsors. Jonathan and the military need to act decisively.

    First of all, does anyone believe that the resurgence of deadly attacks by BH at this very time is an accident? It comes at a time when APC
    and all those who promised to make Jonathan’s term ungovernable and
    those who have their eyes on 2015 election have also stepped up their
    pressure on the president along with Boko Haram
    members in the Nigerian army. Does this not suggest that they are all
    working together in a well coordinated assault? At the same time, we see
    these wicked people laughing at and taunting Jonathan.

    The Solution.
    The president should order the troops back to a well defined defensible frontline.
    This line should be determined by the needs and wishes of the people of
    the area. Northern leaders in the North East and North West want the
    same thing as Boko Haram.
    They want to be governed, not by the constitution of Nigeria but
    instead by Islamic Sharia Law. This wish should be respected in a way
    that does not continuously endanger the lives of Nigerians.

    The frontline

    We know that not all the states where Sharia was declared are predominantly Muslim. For instance, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and Gombe states. The Tafawa Balewa parts of Bauchi as well as other predominantly Christian Local Government areas in Bauchi
    and other Sharia states in the Middle Belt are other examples. The
    military should pull back from all predominantly Muslim local
    governments in the North East and North West. They should take along
    with them all Non-Muslim families and resettle them behind the frontline. Likewise, all Muslims in the LGs
    dominated by people of other religions should be moved to predominantly
    Muslim areas. All other Muslims who want to live by Sharia law in all
    other states (especially the new breed of wannabe fundamentalists
    Muslims in the South West) should be moved to the predominantly Muslim
    territory in the North East and North West Zones .

    This
    will result in a situation which the Nigerian military is trained to
    deal with. A situation where it is easy to identify and locate the enemy
    as against living with and protecting people who will slip out at odd
    times and go to shoot their protectors as well as innocent and unarmed
    civilians, students, Youth Corpers, farmers, women, children etc. A secure border should be established and anything moving south from that should be shot.

    This
    kind of population movement is not new. It happened in India when they
    were having exactly similar problem as Nigeria today. This is the only
    way to defeat Boko Haram
    and their other sponsors, one of the major sponsors having been
    suspended from his source of fund. Jonathan needs to act speedily.

    excisionists.

    Copenhagen

  • abucheadams

    It is so sad we complain and lament about the current situation of Nigeria and still make the same wrong choice in choosing a leader.
    Sometimes I wonder what Nigerians saw in GEJ before voting him in the first place, this administration is the worst in the history of Nigeria. Everyday people die like cockroaches and when we complain they come up with blame games and flimsy excuses of doing their best. His administration has misused public funds for their selfish interest. Unemployment and insecurity have become our nightmare. We must not continue like this.
    It is obvious GEJ lacks the capacity to handle the challenges in this country and the earlier we put sentiments aside and face reality, the better for us as a nation.
    May theirs souls RIP.