Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the sudden death of  former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh.
Atiku said the late Defence chief died as a result of the rise in insecurity.
He lamented that a lot of ordinary Nigerians are either killed or maimed on daily basis by armed robbers or hoodlums, yet the government is yet to tackle security problems in the country.
The former Vice President added that the Badeh’s death made headline today on the national dailies because of his personality.
He stated this on Wednesday, in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu.

 

He however called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give late Badeh by ensuring free and fair polls next year.

 

Atiku said, if the gunmen did not waylay the vehicle in which Alex Badeh was travelling, he would not have sustained the gunshots and the health complications that terminated his life.

 

“We cannot continue to pretend that all is well with the security system in our country, where armed robbers seem to be having a field day. It is, therefore, time to look at credible options, especially electing a more prepared candidate who will ensure that policemen and women are well equipped and motivated.

 

“Fortunately, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had shown what can be achieved when the police are provided with adequate resources and are well motivated. It is no longer news that during the 16 years when the PDP was in power, the nation boasted of the better motivated, best equipped and best-mobilised policemen in the country,” the statement said.

 

Expressing shock over the circumstances of the death of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, he described him as a fine officer, among the best of his time, one who never lost touch with officers and men despite holding several top positions in the nation’s military establishment.

 

Atiku further said it is time to fashion out a clear-cut strategy to enhance the security of Nigerians.

 

He also prayed that God will grant repose to Badeh’s soul and comfort those he left behind.