The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the Federal Government lacks the capacity to address the security challenges bedevilling the nation.
He said this in a statement Tuesday by his communication adviser, Phrank Shaibu, while reacting to the latest report by Amnesty International which accused the government of impunity.
The former vice president decried that thousands of people have been either killed or injured, a situation he said has discouraged foreign investors.
“It is now very clear, like Amnesty International said in its report, that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed gross incompetence and has failed in its duty to protect the lives of its population, which has witnessed many preventable deaths and lost many good hands,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
The global human rights organisation had indicated in its report that the herdsmen and farmers crisis has claimed about 3,641 lives in the last three years.
Government however responded by saying the operations of Amnesty International in the country appeared to be aimed at frustrating the efforts of the military.
But Atiku has dismissed the government’s response as “tepid”, calling on Nigerians to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in 2019 as a means of addressing the security challenges.
The PDP candidate said, “After every attack, either by herdsmen or by kidnappers, the government will vow to get the culprits and punish them. Then more deaths will occur, and the government will repeat its vow.”
“This is not reassuring to the people of Nigeria as well as foreigners who may want to do business in the country. Therefore, it is now clear that, in spite of its best efforts, the Buhari and his party, the APC cannot stop the herdsmen and other criminal elements currently terrorising the country,” he alleged.
Atiku however, assured Nigerians that he would apply proven and tested strategies to tackle insecurity if voted into office, vowing to seek quality collaborative measures with local and international partners to keep the country safe.