The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, Abubakar wants relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the accidental bombing of villagers in the Tudun Biri community of Kaduna State by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on Sunday.
Atiku stated this while condoling with families and victims of the accident in a statement on his official X handle on Tuesday.
Recall that the unfortunate incident which happened around 9 pm on Sunday claimed no less than 30 people.
The former Vice President lamented the sad incident and that he was grieved by the news of the bombing.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Atiku also prayed for the repose of souls who died in the incident.
He also called for proper medical attention for survivors and assistance to families of the dead.
He said, “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.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Monday, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Overseeing Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
This was after the Nigerian Air Force denied responsibility for the attack.
Aruwan said in a statement said that the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Maj Gen VU Okoro, admitted that the Nigerian Army was on a routine mission against terrorists when the incident happened.
The statement partly read, “The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major VU Okoro, explained that the Nigerian Army was on a routine mission against terrorists but inadvertently affected members of the community.”