Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar
From Chuks Okocha and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar yesterday condemned the suicide bomb attack on the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja, stating that the attack was counter-productive to peace and progress.
While Atiku urged for caution in a statement in Abuja, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) took a swipe at the nation’s security agencies for its approach in dealing with the challenges of terrorist attacks and rising insecurity in the country.
Reacting to the blast yesterday, Atiku said there was no alternative to dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, adding that as an international institution committed to peace and the well-being of humanity, the UN staff ought to be protected at all times, instead of being made to experience such a terrible act.
The former vice-president argued that violence against the innocent desecrated the principle of sanctity of life, which was being preached by all religions across the world.
On its part, ANPP described the growing incidence of insecurity in the country as unacceptable, saying the Federal Government should seek urgent and practical solutions to address the insecurity problem posed by the terrorists.
National Chairman of ANPP, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in a statement in Abuja, said the party believes that dialogue and consensus building were the only viable options in the pursuit of conflict resolution and lasting peace in the country.
He said the party was deeply worried about the increasing deterioration of security, citing the loss of human lives and valuable property as a result of the recent bomb blast at the United Nations office complex.
“We wish to state very clearly that the growing incidence of insecurity in our fatherland has become unacceptable. The Federal Government should be reminded that one of the most important responsibilities of any Government is the protection of lives and property.
The President of NBA, Mr. Joseph Daudu, who spoke at the presentation of the final report on the last April general elections by Project 2011 Swift Count in Abuja, criticised the idea of subjecting innocent Nigerians to long hours of queues at road blocks by security operatives on the guise of checking for criminals.
“The present security response to the spate of bomb blast incidents in the country, which by blocking free-flow of traffic is faulty and inconveniencing to the public. This is not the solution, the solution to the problem is to conduct thorough investigation and use of intelligence reports to arrest the hoodlums,” he said.