- The devastating incident that led to the death of many people in Kaduna state has continued to generate mixed reactions in the polity
- Atiku Abubakar has expressed grief as Muslims in the Tudun Biri community in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna state died following the airstrikes of the army
- The former VP has called on the federal government and the Nigerian Army to develop strategies that will protect civilians from such a tragic incident
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
Atiku Abubakar, the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, expressed deep sadness over the Nigerian Army's bombing in Kaduna state on Monday, December 4.
In a post shared on his Facebook page, Atiku expressed deep sadness over the death of 150 Muslims who were celebrating Maulud's anniversary in the state.
While the army admitted it was an error, Nigerians have condemned their action, noting it should have been an avoidable mistake.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Atiku called for a thorough investigation into the actions of the army.
The former vice president also advised the Nigerian government, headed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the army "to develop counterinsurgency strategies" that would protect the people and avert a devastating occurrence.
Atiku also called for support and medical assistance to the families of the dead.
"I am grieved by the news of the drone airstrike that killed dozens of people and left scores of others with various degrees of injury in the Tudun Biri community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Ironically, the victims of this unfortunate incident were celebrating the Maulud anniversary.
"The incidence of miscalculated air strikes is assuming a worrisome dimension in the country.
"We need to develop counterinsurgency strategies that will insulate the civilian population from tragic incidents of this nature.
"I call on the authorities to launch a thorough investigation into this tragedy to avert future occurrences.
"Meanwhile, no resource should be spared in medical attention to the injured and assistance to the families of the dead. I pray that the Almighty Allah comforts the bereaved families and grants the dead eternal peace."
Former minister Pantami reacts to Kaduna bombing
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the immediate past minister of communications & digital economy, Professor Isa Pantami, expressed shock and grief over the accidental bombing of 150 civilians in Kaduna state by the Nigerian Army.
He penned an emotional message to the families of those affected by the development in a video posted on his verified X handle (formerly Twitter) on Monday evening, December 4.
More than 30 killed in Kaduna
Also, Legit.ng reported that many villagers were feared dead following a bomb allegedly dropped by men of the Nigerian Armed Forces jet.
Preliminary reports indicated that about 30 people died during the incident on Sunday, December 3, around 9 pm.
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