Atiku deplores mindless violence


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the suicidebomb attack on the UN office in Abuja, maintaining that mindless violence is counter-productive to peace and progress.

Reacting to the latest bomb incident in the nation's Federal Capital in a press statement, the former Vice President noted that indiscriminate violence against the innocent could not solve any problem in any society. According to him, there is no alternative to dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

He explained that as an international institution committed to peace and the well-being of humanity, the United Nations Staff should be protected at all times rather than being put in harm's way for whatever reason.

Atiku Abubakar argued that violence against the innocent desecrates the principle on the sanctity of life, which has been preached by all religions of the world. He warned that uncontrolled violence could paralyze society, thereby  undermining the pursuit of happiness.

On the appalling new security challenges currently confronting Nigeria, the former Vice President has welcomed the involvement of international experts to unravel the extent, nature, dimension and global connection to these incidents of bomb attacks, which are relatively new in Nigeria.

He said the seeming paralysis in the   nation's response to these challenges calls for global collaboration because Nigeria is dealing with a hitherto unknown crime of this destructive scale.

In his words, our security men are not magicians to overcome these challenges unaided and called for increased vigilance by Nigerian citizens in the face of this dangerously new phase of violence and security challenges.

The Turaki Adamawa also called on religious leaders, traditional rulers, community leaders, opinion leaders and other respected voices in society to enlighten their people on the imperative of peace, which is essential for the progress of any society.

In the same message, Atiku congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and prayed to Allah to accept their sacrifices.

He wished all Nigerians a very happy and peaceful Sallah celebrations.