Nigeria former Vice President and All Progressive Congress Presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the international community to come to Nigeria’s aid as the nation continues to grapple with the Boko Haram insurgency.
The former Vice President made the call at a press conference in Abuja.
“I call upon the international community to help us. I am making a special appeal to countries with sufficient knowhow and experience in tackling terrorism to increase their assistance to us,”
“This Boko Haram insurgency has been with us now for several years but has, in these last few days, taken a step further towards being a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. Nigeria needs the world’s support. The world must not abandon Nigerians in our time of need.”
Last week, the terrorist sect seized Mubi, the second largest town in Adamawa State, forcing thousands of residents to flee the city.
Mr. Abubakar, who is from Adamawa State, said he learnt of the development in Mubi with “deep regret.”
“As you may know, in recent weeks and months, Mubi has been a town to which displaced persons from further north have fled for safety after their communities fell to Boko Haram.
“As I speak, the inhabitants of Mubi, together with those who went there for safety, find themselves at the mercy of this terrorist group.”
Mr. Abubakar said that he believes in the integrity of Nigeria and that every part of the country matters to him.
“But I was born and bred in the northeast. So, please, excuse me if I should say a few words about the part of the country where I am from, about what the people from the northeast of Nigeria have had to suffer for far, far too long,” he said.
“Things should never have got to this stage. Thousands of Nigerians have had to flee their homes. Their houses and farms have been destroyed. They do not know where to go or how to restart their lives. That is the degree to which we have come in this country. I say this with reluctance and with shame.”
The former vice president also noted that parts of Borno, the north of Adamawa and Yobe states are already at the mercy of Boko Haram.
“ to end the crisis is a ploy to weaken some parts of the country ahead of the 2015 elections. Can we, in all honesty, blame them for having those suspicions?”
Mr. Abubakar further appealed to the relief agencies working in the country to double their efforts.
“And all people of goodwill should help in any way they can and to do more than they have been doing to alleviate the pain and suffering that we Nigerians face through this insurgency.