Atiku condemns killings, says Nigeria’s diversity its strength
Former Vice President of Nigeria and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has described as unacceptable the cycle of blood-letting that has led to the loss of precious lives across the country.
Abubakar made the charge against the backdrop of recent killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Benue and other parts of the country, including the Wednesday early morning suicide bombing attack at Gamboru Mosque in Borno State, barely three days into the New Year.
The Waziri Adamawa, according to a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Wednesday, said the killings in those states and other senseless killings and reprisal blood-letting that have preceded them in the past across the country is ungodly, a throwback to the stone age and hindrance to the promotion of peace and unity in the country.
Abubakar stressed that the diversity of Nigeria remains one of its strongest points, reminding leaders of all persuasion and at all levels to ensure that they promote the things that unite us rather than those that create divisions.
He said: “That the Almighty in His Wisdom made us a nation of different tongues and tribes; made us Africa’s most populous nation with more than 300 tribes is no accident. If well enhanced, our diversity should be our biggest strength.
“There cannot be development when innocent lives are being lost in a seeming endless cycle of attacks and reprisals. While we should hold every life as precious, it is more painful that the victims of these attacks are women and youths – the demography that we depend upon to drive development.”
Abubakar urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the New Year to reflect on these needless killings and resolve to live in peace and harmony.
He prayed for fortitude for the bereaved families.