“Step Aside, Emilokan”: Atiku Blasts Tinubu As Gunmen Kill Nursing Mother, Ogun Monarchs

“Step Aside, Emilokan”: Atiku Blasts Tinubu As Gunmen Kill Nursing Mother, Ogun Monarchs

  • Atiku Abubakar has frowned at how the current administration is handling security matters
  • Without mincing words, Atiku accused Tinubu of folding his hands and watching as insecurity became the order of the day
  • This comes on the heels of rising kidnappings and killings in strategic locations within the country

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Atiku Abukar has accused President Bola Tinubu's government of not doing enough to address insecurity following the incidents of kidnapping across several axis of the nation's capital in recent weeks.

The flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election condemned Tinubu's visit to France at a period when the country was bleeding and kidnapping was becoming a booming business, posing a threat to the people's peace.

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Atiku, Tinubu, Wike, Abuja kidnappings, France
Atiku questions the timing of Tinubu's visit to France amid the security crisis in Nigeria. Photo credit: Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Recall that Tinubu departed Abuja for Paris, France, on a private visit on Wednesday, January 24 and is expected to return to the country in the first week of February 2024.

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In a post shared on his X account on Tuesday, January 30, the former vice-president urged Tinubu to step aside if he could no longer address the security challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

Atiku tweeted:

"Tinubu is playing fiddle while Nigeria is drowning in the ocean of insecurity. To imagine that the Commander-in-Chief is on a so-called private visit while kidnappers kill a nursing mother and grandmother in Abuja for failing to pay N90m ransom and two monarchs in Ekiti, among other regular tragedies besetting Nigerians. If the shoes are too big for Emilokan, he should step aside. Nigeria does not need another Tourist-in-Chief. The country needs 24/7 leadership to confront the pervasive insecurity and collapsing economy."

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Cases of insecurity in Nigeria

Atiku made this assertion after two traditional rulers in the Ikole local government area of Ekiti state were killed by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, and some schoolchildren were abducted.

Also, bandits on Saturday, January 27, killed a nursing mother (the wife of a serving policeman) and his mother-in-law in Niger state after days in captivity.

Most recently, some suspected bandits abducted an entire family, which included a man and his six daughters.

Amid all these incidents, the minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, blamed the inadequacy of equipment for security agencies to track criminals roaming the nation's capital.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atiku Abubakar reacted to the death of Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, who was killed by her abductors in Abuja.

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Atiku expressed deep sadness over the death of Nabeeha.

The former vice president, in a short post on his X account @atiku, on Sunday, January 14, 2024, called for improved security as he urged relevant security agencies, including the Nigerian police, to step up their game and rescue Nabeeha's siblings from the kidnappers' den.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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