Atiku charges Nigerians to defend selves against Boko Haram

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said Nigerians were extremely frustrated with the federal government’s failure to tackle the insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast.

He said Nigerians should brace up to defend themselves against the extremist Boko Haram sect.

Mr. Abubakar, who is a presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress, APC, noted that despite the Federal government’s claims of having the situation under control, the sect had continued to mount a bloody campaign against Nigerians; killing and maiming people and overrunning territories.

“First of all, I must confess that I am extremely frustrated with the Federal Government because this insurgency has lasted far too long,” he said. “It is more than five years now. Nigeria has got all that it takes to eradicate it within a couple of months but it has been allowed to set up for too long. I don’t believe that there is a rare capacity on the part of the Federal Government to tackle the insurgency in the Northeast.”

He questioned the rationale of the Federal Government in not employing its capacity and capability to tackle the insurgency within a few months.

He decried the wanton killing and displacement of innocent people.

He said if the attention of the Federal government had not been diverted to less important matters the issue of securing the lives and property of the people in the Northeast should have been given topmost priority.

“Nigerians should press on government to take drastic measures to really bring the insurgency to an end,” he said

Mr. Abubakar urged the federal government to employ a holistic approach to drastically addressing the insurgency.

“People must stand resolutely in the face of the attacks and not abandon their towns, women and children,” he said. “People must not wait for soldiers to protect them. There are even instances where soldiers on ground ran away in the face of attack.”


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  • growthengine

    Finally we are on our way to getting State Police.

  • sir Oscie

    On point Turakin Adamawa, Anyway to protect ourselves against this insurgents is a way forward because is obvious that the President GEJ administration has no plans for the people directly affected by the insurgency.
    God heal Nigeria.
    #ANigeriaForAll

  • Mr. Abdin

    The government of the day has failed Nigerians as it can not longer protect them, Turakin Adamawa you are absolutely right.

  • Joe

    Jonathan and the former gov. Of borno knows what is going on.

    • Delfin Shamaki

      Brother, assumption may not always be the truth

  • Uzoma

    Has Atiku defected back to PDP? How come the form he is holding up is the PDP nomination form?

    • Otile

      It is not a mistake. He hopes by hoodwinking them, voters will think he is still in PDP so that he can steal sizable votes from Dr Jonathan. Remember he has been a card-carrying member of PDP right from the inception of the party. He only defected to Islamic APC so that Imam Buhari will not be trashed so hopelessly at the polling station again disgracing the Northerners. At least the VP is going to cut the loses by half.

    • emmanuel

      You nor understand. The powers that be in the APC have decided against Atiku, so they are doing everything possible to rubbish him, including using their medium PT to achieve that – Old photograph

  • Musa

    Is he saying so because Mr. Sanusi (Emir of Kano) say so?

  • Sharia_Haram

    Non-Muslims should defend selves against Muslim-terrorism.

  • UOU

    When it started and it seems they were killing only the Igbos, Christians and Southerners, all of youin the North kept quiet hence applauded the evil boko haram. When Ihejirika used force to chase them away, you atike $ co., used blackmail against Ihejirika and the FGN, to shield the boko haram. Today, we can all see where the carnage is presently, the extent of the evil by the boko haram is residing with the locals now. Atiku, El rufai, Buhari, Ango, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Junaid, Unongo, Tsav & Co., must not only give the FGN supports, you must be seen to be doing so instead saying one thing and doing another like sabotaging the FGN efforts in secret, therefore encouraging the boko haram

    • Zirem

      I don’t understand the rationale behind the screening of the local hunters and vigilante group , especially in the heat of the gaining control of their communities from the deadly Boko Haram. GEJ in his declaration speech said we must all fight Boko Haram. Now that communities are making head way he (GEJ) turn around and give a directive arrest local hunters n vigilante group, taken them off battle ground in the name of screening while Boko Haram progresses, me am confused o. Who is then encouraging Boko Haram?

      • Delfin Shamaki

        This is a good point my brother

      • UOU

        We have also heard of sabotage like people giving boko haram information so they may be acting on security reports which I and you do not have access to. No one writes boko haram or hunter in his/her face, so nothing spoils if they screen to make sure they are working with like minds not enemies

        • Zirem

          They are killing Boko Haram and recapturing their communities! That’s not clear enough? How dumb can we be!

    • Delfin Shamaki

      My brother it was not just Igbos they were killing. Let give constructive criticism.

      • UOU

        My point is that the northerners especially the names I mentioned specifically must give honest support to the FGN against this carnage, read me well please. Besides, I did not say it was only the Igbos that they are now killing but they started the killings with the “Igbos, christians and southerners” and everyone was silent, laughing and clapping for them, thinking these are not human beings with families and must be killed because it concerns no one. But,now it has spread to every tribe and corner, in fact, the madness is domiciled with the locals like wide fire, everyone seem to be waking up. Even on that, there must be sincerity

  • Baba Jada

    Atiku is right Nigerians cannot sit back and watch this people continue with this relentless destruction of lives and property. The Government was provided with enough time and resources but form the results it doesn’t have the will to put an end to BH. Each and every Nigerian has the right to defend his life and property, this is the only thing people can do.

  • Delfin Shamaki

    I agree with the Turaki on this one. It is high time Nigeria should rise to defend themselves. The soldiers are doing their best, but their effort seems not to yield any fruit. Every Nigerian should stay where they are and defend themselves. President Jonathan should actually listen to what every body is saying. This should give him concern. If he allows a situation where the general public resort to taking Laws into their hands i do not think it will be good for his presidential ambition. Please Mr. President wake up and take drastic measures to end this senseless killing. We need action not promise all the time and yet nothing is happening. You have always said you will provide security to the nation, but there is truly no security. We love what you are doing, but on the issue of insecurity it seems you are scoring almost zero percent. Wake up, wake up Mr. President and save the lives of our citizens.

  • Wesley

    Dear Yusuf, WAGP is not an issue of getting Nigerian Gencos onside nor was WAGP conceptualised as a communal solution. The challenge with WAGP is getting enough gas from gas producers in Nigeria first into the ELPS then further on to WAGP. As it is, there is not enough gas production from Nigeria that can feed WAGP. Indeed, between when WAGP was conceptualised and the privatisation of the power sector, domestic gas demand has more than tripled, with significant stranded generation due to inadequate gas supply. To be clear, the privatisation of PHCN is not the reason for WAGP’s supposed demise as you’ve premised. The infrastructure is still there and someday, Nigerian gas producers would need the infrastructure to export gas to West African countries that can off-take the gas on a commercial basis.