Fairness, Equity And Justice Are What Biafrans Want – Atiku
- by Expresgist
Former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that calls by some secessionist group in Nigeria may likely come to an end if everybody is treated with fairness, equity and justice.
The former VP made this known during a chat with The Africa Report on Thursday.
“I don’t think there is any part of this country that wants to leave this country. All they want is fairness, equity and justice,” he said.
Atiku, who also bare his mind on the challenges confronting the nation, revealed how his government will tackle the problems if voted into power.
He pointed out that the likely solution for herders/farmers clashes is by creating grazing reserves.
“In each province in the north, we used to have a grazing reserve. During the season, the cattle are in the reserves.
“By off-season when farmers would have cultivated all their crops, then the cattle move out to the areas where farmers have cultivated, allowing the grass in the grazing reserves to grow.
“These grazing reserves have been abandoned over the years,” he noted.
On the issue of Boko Haram, Atiku said he will counter the sect through both negotiations and military action.
“I happen to know how Boko Haram came into being. They were offshoots of political thuggery. Politicians used those boys in Boko Haram to win elections and then abandoned them and then there were no jobs for them.
“It was the same thing with the Niger Delta. In 1998, I saw it myself and I warned people.
“It’s going to be a multifaceted approach. It will involve negotiations. It will involve military action”, he said.
The former vice-president, however, condemned the illegal detention of perceived political opponents by the present administration, stressing that the rule of law and order must be strictly obeyed.
His words: “I don’t want to be individualistic on this issue. I reject any illegal detention, any detention that is not based on rule law and order.
“Dasuki is being detained illegally. It is only a court that will say whether he is guilty or not.”