|Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Former Vice President of Nigeria (Photo Credit: Atiku Abubakar)|
The APC chieftain in an interview with the Voice of America, (VOA), noted that there was need to address the violence carried out by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram and restore law and order.
He expressed regret that the growing insecurity has undermined the country’s economy and has negatively impacted Nigeria’s reputation in the international community.
“The security situation in the country, I must admit is appalling. I have never seen it this bad – not even during the civil war did we have this sense of insecurity all over the country,” said Abubakar.
The Turaki Adamawa further enumerated measures that could be implemented immediately by the President Jonathan administration to resolve the security threats posed by terrorists.
“What we need to have in place is a political leadership that has the will, the courage and the determination to restore law and order.
Restoring law and order is a multifaceted approach; both social, economic as well as security,” said Abubakar. “You must have a political leadership that has vision, the will and the courage to pursue those multifaceted approach.”
The former vice-president also dismissed insinuations in certain quarters that the macabre activities of the insurgents were politically motivated. “It’s not supported by any empirical evidence. I think we should stop passing the buck at each other.
Speaking on the fortune of the main opposition party, Abubakar who is seeking the APC presidential ticket, expressed confidence that the main opposition party posed a significant challenge to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s election.