The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday noted that the consistent bandit attacks might see the terrorist group registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Atiku lamented that the terrorists have been allowed to operate so openly and brazenly.
The former Vice President made this claim when he chaired the launch of a new book by journalist Chido Onumah, titled, ‘Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices,’ at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
Atiku called on Nigerians to promote unity and economic prosperity to leave a lasting legacy.
He said, “I find it amusing when people declare Nigeria’s unity as fixed and non-negotiable while doing everything in their power to destroy that fragile unity.”
“Nothing in the relationships among peoples is fixed for eternity. You cannot declare your marriage as non-negotiable while doing everything to sow seeds of discord in that same marriage.”
“You can whip groups of people into forming a country but you cannot whip them into forming a nation.”
“Nations are built through conscious or even unconscious agreement by peoples who believe that being together is, on balance, more beneficial than being apart.”
The former Vice President while speaking on the security challenges in the country said, “But who would have thought that our country would become a haven for kidnappers and all manner of bandits to the extent that their nefarious activities would become a major industry?”
“They have been allowed to operate so openly and brazenly that it would surprise no one if they applied for registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.”
“Five years ago, the Abuja–Kaduna Road was not a virtual no-go area. The South-East was not a virtual war-zone, and Amotekun was not needed to protect lives and property in the South-West.”