Atiku Abubakar has lamented the accidental bombing of residents in the Tudun Biri community of Kaduna by the Nigerian Army, calling for what he described as a “thorough investigation” into the incident.
Eighty-five persons were killed and sixty-six injured in the Sunday accidental bombing in Nigeria’s North-West, a region battling banditry and kidnapping.
Days after the incident which has thrown the nation into mourning Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections, says the air strike was an “unfortunate incident”.
“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,” Atiku, a former vice president, wrote on his X account Tuesday.
“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.”