Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday stated bandits ravaging the nation with rising impunity would quickly register formally with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Atiku spoke when he chaired the launch of a brand new ebook by journalist Chido Onumah in Abuja on Thursday afternoon. ‘Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices,’ was unveiled on the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
The ebook collected vital voices from throughout the nation to mirror on the nation’s journey since Independence and counsel methods in a foreign country’s myriad crises.
The ebook got here six years after Onumah wrote ‘We Are All Biafrans’ to display a metaphor for the mutual disaffection and claims of marginalisation amongst Nigerians of all tribes and ideological persuasions.
Abubakar, who challenged however misplaced to Mr Buhari on the 2019 presidential polls, stated Nigerians ought to be taught from Mr Buhari’s divisive mindset and emulate beliefs that promote unity and financial prosperity in an effort to go away an enduring legacy.
He stated, “I find it amusing when people declare Nigeria’s unity as fixed and non-negotiable while doing everything in their power to destroy that fragile unity.
“Nothing in the relationships among peoples is fixed for eternity. You cannot declare your marriage as non-negotiable while doing everything to sow seeds of discord in that same marriage.
“You can whip groups of people into forming a country but you cannot whip them into forming a nation.
“Nations are built through conscious or even unconscious agreement by peoples who believe that being together is, on balance, more beneficial than being apart.”
On the insecurity ravaging the nation, Atiku stated, “But who would have thought that our country would become a haven for kidnappers and all manner of bandits to the extent that their nefarious activities would become a major industry?
“They have been allowed to operate so openly and brazenly that it would surprise no one if they applied for registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
“Five years ago, the Abuja – Kaduna Road was not a virtual no-go area. The South-East was not a virtual war-zone, and Amotekun was not needed to protect lives and property in the South-West.”
He additionally blamed the Northern area and the nation for not doing sufficient to verify the encroachment of the Sahara Desert and the drying out of Lake Chad, saying that this was answerable for trajectory of the insurgency within the North-East and the banditry throughout the Northern states.