Monday, 24 February 2014
Atiku Condemns Post-Election Violence
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the incidents of post election violence in some parts of the country, saying it is not healthy for the sustenance of our democracy.
In a statement by the Atiku Media Office in Abuja yesterday, the former Vice President said that the resort to violence such as the burning down of houses and setting prisoners free is not acceptable in any democracy where people have the freedom of choice.
He said with existing legal avenues to handle post-election complaints, there is no reason whatsoever for anyone to take to violence under any guise.
According to him, any form of political violence that involves attacks on public institutions, including places of worship, is dangerous to the stability, unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.
The former Vice President while noting that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, urged political leaders to call their supporters to order to refrain from the destruction to lives and property.
“Our peaceful co-existence as a people is not negotiable and anything that may infringe on the promotion of our collective good, unity and stability must not only be frowned on but avoided at all cost,” he said.
Atiku advised political leaders whose supporters are involved in violence to instantly dissociate themselves from these criminal conduct, which threatens the unity, stability and public peace of the nation.
He charged security services to act swiftly to get on top of the unfolding situation.