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Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Atiku wants political leaders to address plight of downtrodden

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Atiku AbubakarBy Ali Abare Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called on political leaders in the country to urgently deal with the hardships of the ordinary people.

In an Eid-al-Fitr Sallah message marking the end of the 30-day-long Ramadan fasting period, the former Vice President lamented that the worsening level of poverty and unemployment which feed criminal tendencies, is embarrassing and needs to be redressed.

While appealing to Muslims in the country to pray for the end of the Boko Haram insurgency, urging all Muslims to pray to God to defeat and destroy these evil doers masquerading behind the name of religion, Atiku observed that the dark agenda of the terrorist defies any clearly defensible goals adding that their activities contradict all the tenets of the Islamic religion, including the injunctions on the sanctity of life.

The Turakin Adamawa advised Muslims to join hands with other Nigerians of goodwill to defeat the terrorists’ agenda of trying to provoke sectarian crisis by attacking the places of worship.

He said the terrorists spare neither Muslims nor Christians and that Nigerians must be united against them “so that we don’t play into their hands by helping them to achieve their agenda of seeking to divide and dismember our dear country by causing deliberate provocations.”

On the current security challenges, the former Vice President said our security operatives should be ahead of the terrorists by nipping their plots in the bud. He, however, enjoined all Nigerians to assist the security agencies by being vigilant and furnishing them with information that may enhance their efficiency to deal decisively with insurgency and other criminal activities plaguing our country.

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