Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday came hard on President Bola Tinubu over the rising insecurity, urging the president to step aside if he cannot effectively tackle the problem.
In a post on his official X account, he accused Tinubu of fiddling while the nation was drowning in the ocean of insecurity. He cited cases of kidnappers killing a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90 million ransom, and the killing of two monarchs in Ekiti State, as examples of how insecurity had ravaged the land.
“Tinubu is playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity. I can’t imagine that the Commander-in-Chief is on a so-called private visit, while kidnappers killed a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90m ransom, and two monarchs in Ekiti, among other regular tragedies besetting Nigerians.
“If the shoes are too big for Emilokan, he should step aside. Nigeria does not need another Tourist-in-Chief. The country needs 24/7 leadership to confront the pervasive insecurity and collapsing economy,” Atiku said.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, paid a condolence visit to the family of Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, who was kidnapped and murdered by her abductors in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking on his visit on his X handle, he said: “It is heartbreaking to witness the pain and suffering of different families caused by the senseless act of violence that has plagued our nation. However, amid this darkness, there is hope; hope that together, as a nation, we can put an end to this horrifying and deadly insecurity. We must come together, united in our resolve to protect the lives and well-being of every Nigerian.
“To our citizenry, I implore us that we should not allow fear to paralyse us. Instead, let us stand up against this ugly wave of insecurity. May we support one another, lend a helping hand to those in need, and work towards creating a more secure future for all. May the memories of Nabeeha and all those who have lost their lives to such violent attacks inspire us, especially, we, the leaders, to take more decisive action against the ugly monster of insecurity. May we honour their memory by working tirelessly to ensure that no more lives are lost to such senseless acts. I greet the afflicted and the bereaved with deepest condolences and sense of solidarity.” He later visited Jos, Plateau State, to commiserate with the victims of the recent bandits’ attacks.