Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s 2019 election, said this while reacting to the recent killings in Kaduna.
“I want the government and people of the United Kingdom to know that these atrocious actions do not reflect Nigeria’s national character,” he said.
“I condemn the killing of British aid worker, Faye Mooney, and her Nigerian partner, Mathew Oguche two days ago in Kaduna State. Several other Nigerians were kidnapped during the episode.”
He said the continuous killings in the country could lead to the loss of investment opportunities and partners who are interested in the growth and development of Nigeria’s economy.
“These killings must end or Nigeria will lose desperately needed friends, partners and investors,” he added.
“Not only do I condemn this recent killing, but I make an urgent call for the federal and state authorities to track down the culprits and make them pay for their crimes.
“The time for empty rhetoric is long gone. Now is the time for urgent national action to stem insecurity. Nigeria must once again become synonymous with peace, progress and prosperity. This can only happen when crime and punishment are a natural cause and effect.
“As long as there is impunity, our nation will lack unity and security. Impunity must end and must end in earnest. These crimes continue to reoccur because previous killings have not been met with justice”
The former Vice President called on Federal Government to track down the culprits and also keep Nigeria safe for its people and for foreigners coming in and out of the country.