Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said, if insecurity challenge is not properly tackled, bandits and other criminal elements may soon apply for registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, and seek listing at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
The former PDP presidential candidate, who spoke at an event in Abuja on Thursday, stressed the need to outrightly contain the menace before it gets out of hand.
Atiku said: “We needed to fix Nigeria to avoid sleep-walking our way towards disaster. Yes, the Chibok girls had been kidnapped and held in captivity 7 years ago. Yes, conflicts between herders and farmers had been with us before 2016.
“But who would have thought that our country would become a haven for kidnappers and all manner of bandits to the extent that their nefarious activities would become a major industry?
“They have been allowed to operate so openly and brazenly that it would surprise no one if they applied for registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission and listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
“Five years ago, the Abuja – Kaduna Road was not a virtual no-go area. The SouthEast was not a virtual war-zone, and Amotekun was not needed to protect lives and property in the South West.”
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