“I’m heartbroken”: Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar releases video message as country slips into chaos

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Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday released a video message received by Today News Africa in Washington D.C. as Africa’s most populous country seemed to be slipping into chaos.

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Abubakar, who ran against President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election in 2015, said many families were in mourning after Tuesday’s killings by Nigerian army.

“I am heartbroken,” Abubakar said, urging the Nigerian army to show restraint, and hospitals to treat the injured.

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Abubakar said when he woke up, he called all his children to know they were alive, and also to confirm that he was dreaming about the killings, and that the killings were only a nightmare. He said, sadly, they happened.

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According to Abubakar, Nigerian youths have been drawing the attention of the Nigerian government to social ills for more than a week, and do not deserve to be killed.

He said they have shown patriotism and should be protected, rather than shot at.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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