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Killing Of British Aid Worker: Atiku Warns Nigeria Is At Risk Of Losing Friends



Peoples Democratic Party, PDP 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has warned that Nigeria is at danger of losing her friends, partners and investors if the killings of locals and foreigners by bandits is checked.

Warning that time for rhetoric is gone, the former vice-president of the country called for the arrest of the killers saying the killings were continuing because of impunity arising from the arrest of perpetrators of past killers. He said that the killings do not represent the Nigerian character as is being portrayed.

Atiku’s statement followed the killing in Kaduna last weekend of British aid worker, Faye Mooney and her Nigerian partner, Matthew Oguche. Several others were also kidnapped by the bandits. Mooney worked for the Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Mercy Corps.

“We need to keep Nigeria safe for Nigerians and foreigners. The death of any Nigerian or foreigner from terror, crime or insecurity grieves my heart. Nobody’s life is worth taking to advance a religious, political or criminal cause. 

“I want the government and people of the United Kingdom to know that these atrocious actions do not reflect Nigeria’s national character. 

“These killings must end or Nigeria will lose desperately needed friends, partners and investors. Not only do I condemn this recent killing, but I make an urgent call for the federal and state authorities to track down the culprits and make them pay for their crimes. The time for empty rhetoric is long gone. Now is the time for urgent national action to stem insecurity.

“Nigeria must once again become synonymous with peace, progress and prosperity. This can only happen when crime and punishment are a natural cause and effect.

“As long as there is impunity, our nation will lack unity and security. Impunity must end and must end in earnest. These crimes continue to reoccur because previous killings have not been met with justice. 

“When the punishment for crimes are not forthcoming, criminals are emboldened to commit even worse crimes.”

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