Two frontline presidential aspirants on the Peoples Democratic Party platform, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and a former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki,SAN, have berated the federal government over the mass killing of some Plateau residents.
They faulted the security approach adopted by the All Progressives Congress -led government in the management of the crisis.
They spoke in separate interviews with journalists yesterday in Abuja.
According to the former VP Atiku, “it is not every security breach you use hard power on.
You need to establish dialogue between leadership of various communities that lived together over the years.
“So the issue of using mere crude and hard power is not the only solution. There is also the need to use soft power on the issue of peaceful co-existence among communities.” Speaking in similar vein, Turaki described the tragic development as a failure of the administration to address security lapses across the country.
“If you recall, a few months ago, the National Security Agency had appeared before the Senate and disclosed that the greatest problem that the Nigeria security agencies have today is that the agencies work at cross purposes.
“There is no cooperation, there is no synergy.
If critical security agencies are not sharing information or working together, then how do you expect them to come up with tight security architecture that will safeguard the lives and properties of Nigerians? And that is what is happening,” the former minister said.
He was however confident that the PDP had the wherewithal to reclaim the nation’s leadership come 2019 and return the country to a path of growth and prosperity “The PDP has men and women of impeccable integrity.
Men and women that are known to be bridge builders, that have the needed education and experience.
That is why we say PDP is different from every other political party in the country,” he added.