Atiku reveals why Nigerians should be concerned about attack on Borno gov’s convoy
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has decried Friday’s attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum by members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The terrorists had ambushed the convoy in Baga town and killed 11 security personnel, including eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, reacted in a series of tweets on Saturday.
He said that the attack was worrisome because it was the second recently and the governor was not a “soft target”.
A soft target is a person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable, especially to military or terrorist attack.
Atiku however commiserated with the families of the deceased and expressed gratitude to God that the governor did not come to any harm.
He said, “The attack on Governor Babagana Zulum in which over a dozen security operatives were killed between Monguno and Baga should be a source of concern not only because it is the second time such an attack is taking place in recent times, but because the Borno governor is not a soft target.
“This attack is yet another reminder that we need to adopt new strategies to deal with the menace of insurgency decisively.
“I convey my condolences to the families of the deceased. I solidarise with the government and people of Borno that Gov Zulum did not come to any harm.”