BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Sunday said that it was high time the Nigerian youth opened their eyes to resist being used to kill and maim for political and any other reason.
Atiku, who stated this while condemning the brutal violence that claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians during Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in the country, noted that politicians who climb the ladder of human lives to attain power have brought the nation’s democracy into disrepute.
Atiku, who made the condemnation while reacting to reports of violence in parts of the country, stressed that no one deserves to die over a process to elect their leaders.
He further said; “Any politician who is sincerely interested in the progress of the youth shouldn’t be using them as cannon fodder for his/her ambition. The youth deserve jobs and not death.
“The real enemies worth fighting are poverty, unemployment, hunger, nepotism, division, despair and uncertain future.”
He reiterates his earlier position that no politician’s ambition is worth the blood of any innocent Nigerian.
According to Atiku; “No politician should celebrate his political gains if they are written in the blood of innocent Nigerians, and that no Nigerian, including innocent youth corps members, deserve to die for the sake of any man’s political ambition.
In a statement issued by his media adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, Atiku said those innocent Nigerians that died won’t be forgotten for their sacrifices, adding that political violence which is being aided and abetted by desperate politicians, is giving the nation’s democracy a bad name.
The PDP Presidential candidate extends his condolences to the families and friends of those innocent Nigerians that tragically lost their lives.