Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said the random and incessant killings and maiming of scores of people across the country such that recently happened in Barikin Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas of Plateau State calls for tougher action by the government in terms of prompt and proactive measures.
Reacting to the incident in Plateau State in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the former vice president said that those attacks could be stemmed only when the government showed utmost determination to eliminate the threats by expanding the security architecture in the country and fast-tracking the arrest and prosecution of those involved in such dastardly acts to serve as a deterrent.
He expressed concern about the frequency of the barbaric attacks on innocent people by outlaws, noting that under no circumstances should murderous criminal groups be allowed to take life without immediate consequences from the government.
According to Atiku, the rate at which innocent people were being massacred in Plateau, Kaduna, Zamfara and other areas plagued by insecurity is embarrassing, explaining “only prompt and decisive action by the government can halt this madness.”
He observed that the calls for state police stemmed from the growing frustration with the government’s seeming helplessness to crush the outlaws.
“The spate of these attacks is also a sad testimonial to decadence in the judiciary, because a situation where criminals are set free by the court without diligent trials is capable of dampening the morale of law enforcement officers and other security agencies,” he said.
Atiku warned that abandoning the people to their own fate in the face of existential threats was not an option because protecting the lives and property of the citizens was a primary responsibility of governments anywhere in the world.
He said but for his absence, he would have visited Plateau to empathise with the people of the affected communities.
He, however, prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased, stressing that no resource should be spared in taking care of the maimed and displaced.