Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the incidence of miscalculated airstrikes by the Nigerian military during internal security operations was assuming a worrisome dimension in the country, hence the need to develop counter-insurgency strategies that will insulate the civilian population from tragic incidents.
Atiku, who took to his verified X handle (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday to react to the unintended bomb attacks on a religious gathering in Tudun Biri village of Igabi local government area of Kaduna State on Sunday night, said he was grieved by the news of the sad incident, in which scores of villagers, including children and women, were killed and many others injured.
The former PDP presidential candidate, therefore, called for a thorough investigation into the tragedy in order to avert future occurrences.
He wrote: “I am grieved by the news of the drone airstrike that killed dozens of people and left scores of others with various degrees of injury in the Tudun Biri community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Ironically, the victims of this unfortunate incident were celebrating the Maulud anniversary.
“The incidence of miscalculated air strikes is assuming a worrisome dimension in the country.
“We need to develop counterinsurgency strategies that will insulate the civilian population from tragic incidents of this nature.
“I call on the authorities to launch a thorough investigation into this tragedy to avert future occurrences.
“Meanwhile, no resource should be spared in medical attention to the injured and assistance to the families of the dead. I pray that the Almighty Allah comforts the bereaved families and grants the dead eternal peace. -AA.”