By Nwangwu Uba
The killing of a British Aid worker , Faye Mooney and her Nigerian partner, Mathew Oguche in Kajuru Castle Resort and Holiday centre, in Kaduna state last Saturday , appears to have brought President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and Atiku Abubakar , a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party together. The duo are, according to political watchers are now speaking with one voice that ”impunity must end and end in earnest” in the country.
Atiku, the PDP Candidate, who is worried about the continuous killing in the country by bandits has called on called on the Katsina state born Nigerian President and Nasir El Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, to hasten efforts to”. track down the culprits and make them pay for their crimes” .
Given the bad image , the killings has portrayed the country in the International Community the Adamawa state born politician said the time for ”empty rhetoric is long gone”, noting ”now is the time for urgent national action to stem insecurity ”.
He stressed that ” Nigeria must once again become synonymous with
The fallout was a verbal war between the duo as the PDP , Candidate , claimed he was more qualified to rule the country than Buhari. The later , in return , challenged Atiku to present his Certificates for Nigerians to see, stating that as a retired Army Genera, l he has attended many specialised Courses both within and outside the country, which had qualified him to rule the country, including the different laurels he has won as a soldier. Earlier APC, had accused the PDP Candidate of being a Cameroonian , and therefore not qualified to contest the last election, to further frustrate him.
It was therefore not very surprising why Nigerians are very happy that Atiku, the PDP flag bearer had declared that the era for empty rhetoric is over as the time for nation building has come.
Worried about the insecurity situation in the country, the former Vice President fears that it may lead to ”loss of investment opportunities as partners who may be interested in the growth and development of the nation’s economy may withdraw their funds”.
Appealing to the British government and the United Kingdom who have much investment in the country to know that the killing of Mooney, an aid worker in Kaduna state ”do not reflect Nigerian’s characte.
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”I wish to remind all of us that we are still at the frontline and should not lose sight of the fact that we could come under attack at any time ” by the Criminal elements. He stopped short at telling the troops that ”they must not allow themselves to be taken unawares but must remain alert at all times, be undaunted and committed to the war against insurgency and banditry in the north.
This may have forced the Air Force , fighting troops to fully enter into the war. This is evident going by the routing of the bandits in their various Camps in Zamfara state, regarded as the home of the Criminal elements. That much was confirmed by Abdul’Aziz Yari, Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, and the governor of the state at a closed door meeting with Security Chiefs held on Saturday, April 21, 2019, at Gusau, the state Capital. An elated Yari described the air strikes on the Bandits in their hideouts in the state as ”successful” as many of them were said to have been forced out from their hiding to flee the state.
Appealing to the Air Force fighting Troops to carry out more air strikes in Dumburun town in Zurmi local government Area , regarded as the home base of the bandits in the state, he noted that it is the only way to wipe out the last trace of the Bandits in the state.
Given the support of the people to the security Agencies to end the Banditry in the mineral rich, Zamfara state, the air force fighting troops have’ vowed that they would not relent on their oars ”until the bandits who are terrorising residents in the north west geo-political region, were completely eliminated”. The assurance by the Air force Units fighting the Bandits , may have given the people hope that that the Banditry in the region may soon end in the region for life to return to normalcy.
Meanwhile, Napoleon Bali, an Air Vice Marshall, AVM, Commanding the Special Operation Command of the Air force, has appealed to the Management of the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport, in Katsina , not to relent in assisting the operations of the Air Force to complete the clearance of the Bandits in the north western state of Zamfara.
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