Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to be calm following Tuesday’s day of bombings in the country.
Several people lost their lives in a bomb blast in Yobe and Borno States and several more were injured in multiple explosions and shooting at the gubernatorial campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.
In a statement released by the Atiku Media Office on Wednesday, the APC chieftain pointed out that Nigeria’s democracy was on trial, adding that no matter what efforts were applied to the contrary, Nigerians should never give up their desire for change.
“Nigerian democracy can and must withstand terror,” Abubakar said. “Whether the terror is from insurgents or from desperate politicians, in the end, democracy must prevail.”
The former Vice President called for a strong bipartisan signal or approach against those who are willing to sacrifice the nation for political gain.
He said: “Our political elders must lift up their voices against violent desperados within their parties, and anyone found guilty should be punished severely and openly.”
Abubakar urged Nigerians to continue to remain vigilant, especially around this election period and to report any suspicious people or activities to the relevant authorities.