BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Former Vice President and now aspiring for President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has vowed and promised to end the lingering Boko Haram crisis and other criminal activities such as the herdsmen/farmers clashes within shortest possible time if elected as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2019.
Atiku made the vow on Tuesday while addressing PDP supporters in Borno at the Forshams Hall, Maiduguri.
He said “Nigeria ended its civil war in only 2 and half years despite the thick forest in the south-east. I wonder why the war against insurgency took us 9 Years without headway, there must be something wrong some where.” Atiku stressed.
Continuing he said, “if elected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will not allow any commander to tell me stories, we must end insurgency within shortest possible time because the insurgency has crippled everything in the Northeast”, he added..
He said Nigeria is one of the most poorest nation in the world, characterized with abject poverty, unfortunately, insurgency is associated with poverty. So given the mandate, he will also address poverty which is more prevalence in the Northeast.
Atiku alleged that the increasing cases of criminal activities associated with herdsmen/ farmers clashes, leading to loss of lives and property, was as a result of bad governance under the present administration, noting that, unless Nigerians team up and voted against the present ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) government at National, states and local government levels, the situation the country found itself will even be worst in near future.
Also Speaking at the occasion, Director General, Atiku campaign Organization, ACO, Senator Gbenga Daniel said the former Vice President and his entourage were in Maiduguri as part of the ongoing consultation tour with PDP stakeholders across the country.
He therefore called on the people of the state to give their block votes and massive support to Atiku, who is the only person that will take them to the promised land.
In his welcome address, the Borno State Coordinator Borno state ACO, Alhaji Mohammed Imam said Atiku is like a son of Borno, adding that majority of people of the state are solidly behind Atiku come 2019 general elections.
He said, “You are welcome to Borno which is your second home, you need not to campaign, we the people of Borno are strongly behind your candidature. Imam said