Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says the West African country has failed Leah Sharibu’s father, Nathan.
Abubakar, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, made this comments in an interview with THISDAY.
Nigeria’s integrated online media platform, ALEDEH recalls that Ms Sharibu was the only Christian girl among the 112 kidnapped from their school — Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state — by Boko Haram members on February 19, 2018.
While the others were later brought home, Sharibu was held back for reportedly refusing to denounce Christianity.
Reacting to the development in an interview with THISDAY, former vice-president said the fact that Ms Sharibu’s father is a member of the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Protection Unit, shows that Nigeria has not only failed him but has also failed his family.
Speaking further, Abubakar said as a way to address the country’s insecurity issues, he would commercialise the special protection unit of the police.
His words: “Do you know that Leah Sharibu’s father, Nathan, is a policeman? He is a member of the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Protection Unit. Just look at how we failed him and his family as a nation. At a time when he was protecting others, nobody was protecting his daughter’s school in Dapchi. How do you think he will feel?” he asked.
“My solution to the current insecurity in Nigeria is that I would commercialise the Special Protection Unit. Those 150,000 policemen will still guard VIPs and the private sector. But those VIPs and the private sector will have to pay for their services. From the money realised, we will recruit an additional 150,000 policemen and send them to security hot spots, thereby creating jobs by securing the nation.
“It is all about priorities. The other day we had an election in Ekiti state and this administration mobilised 30,000 policemen there. Then two weeks later, the government proudly announced that they were sending a 1,000-strong force to tackle the scourge of banditry in Zamfara state. Under an Atiku presidency, this will not happen. Securing the lives of Nigerians would have priority over securing votes for my party”, he added.