The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to review his policy of releasing so-called ‘repentant’ Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, the former vice president stated that both Muslim and Christian clerics now officiate funerals more than marriages and child dedication.
Atiku said: “I have been travelling all over Nigeria and I meet with both Muslim and Christian clerics who tell me that in the North East and Middle Belt, they now officiate over more funerals than they do marriages and child dedications. This is heartbreaking and we must do something immediately to change the situation.
“Apart from funding, I advise the Federal Government to review its policy of releasing so-called ‘repentant’ terrorists. To think that the government can de-radicalise these individuals in so short a time is wishful thinking.
“Many people, myself included, think that the upsurge in terror activities coming after the release of such detainees is not coincidental.
“Finally, I urge the National Assembly to suo moto, take action to appropriate funds for our military on a fast-track basis. These are desperate times for Nigeria and desperate times call for dedication to duty of all concerned.
“I am tired of issuing condolences for unnecessary deaths. I prefer to make a difference and prevent unnecessary deaths amongst the gallant men and women of our armed forces and the civilian population they took an oath to protect.”