AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who is also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant has promised to end insurgency within a short time if elected President in 2019.
Atiku, who made the promise while addressing PDP supporters at the Forshams Hall, Maiduguri, the Botno State capital, said: “Nigeria ended its civil war in only two and half years despite the thick forest in the south east. I wonder why the war against insurgency took us nine years. There must be something wrong some where.”
“If elected, I will not want any Commander to tell me stories; we must end insurgency within shortest possible time because the insurgency has crippled everything in the Northeast”, he added..
He said Nigeria was one of the poorest nations in the world, if not the poorest and northeast is the most backward regions in Nigeria. You all know insurgency is associated with poverty. So, if elected, we have to address the poverty in the North-East.
Also speaking, the Director General, Atiku campaign Organization, Senator Gbenga Daniel, said: “This consultation with PDP stakeholders in Maiduguri is for the people of Northeast to produce next President and they should not this opportunity to produce the next president. So, I call on you to support one of your own”.
Earlier, the coordinator of Borno state Atiku campaign Organization, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, had said there was no need for Atiku to campaign in the state, stating that “we the people of Borno and Yobe are behind your candidature”.
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