Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says it is regrettable that Nigerians continue to live in a state of insecurity despite huge investments in national defence.
Atiku said this on Sunday while reacting to the kidnap of some female undergraduates of Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State on Friday.
The Herald had reported how a large number of armed bandits invaded the undergraduate hostels of the school located in the Sabon Gida area.
No fewer than 24 female students were reportedly abducted by the assailants.
Reacting, Atiku described the incident as one incident too many.
He lamented that successive administrations have continued to spend massively on national defence without any commensurate result.
“The news of the invasion of the Federal University of Gusau and the abduction of a number of students by bandits who were also said to have invaded the Sabon-Gida community in the Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State is very unfortunate.
“It is equally regrettable that despite the huge investment in national defense, Nigerians have continued to live in a state of insecurity as terrorists, militants, and bandits have continued to ride roughshod over our communities.
“The recent kidnap is one incident too many. While I sympathize with the victims of this incident, I commend the security agencies for being able to rescue some of them.
“I also charge the security agencies to step up efforts to rescue those still in captivity and put an end to these acts of barbarism, banditry and brigandage that has continued put our compatriots in a state of perpetual fear and anguish,” Atiku said.