Abuja - Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Monday in Abuja condemned the nefarious activities of insurgents suspected to be Boko Haram in Mubi, Adamawa, few days ago.
Atiku, who made the condemnation at a news conference, wondered how a few insurgents were able to take over a town with a population of more than 300,000.
According to him, the situation in the North-East is grave while thousands of residents have fled their homes and livelihood.
He said: It is with deep regret that I came to learn that Mubi, which is one the largest towns in Adamawa State, has been taken by the terrorist group commonly known as Boko Haram.
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"As you may know, in recent weeks and months, Mubi has been a town to which displaced persons from farther north have fled for safety after their communities fell to Boko Haram.
"As I speak, the inhabitants of Mubi, together with those who went there for safety, find themselves at the mercy of this terrorist group.''
Giving a chronicle of towns that had been seized by the insurgents, Atiku said: "It started a few months ago with Bama, 400 kilometres from Yola; then Gwoza, next were smaller towns near Gwoza called Pulka and Limankra.
"Then came Madagali, then fell Gulak. Next was Michika, then Bazza. Then the twin town of Uba which is half Adamawa and half Borno; its neighbouring town of Lassa was also overrun.
"Uba was the latest town captured before the terrorists trampled on Mubi. People from these troubled areas are now pouring into Yola for safety.’’
"Things should never have got to this stage. Thousands of Nigerians have had to flee their homes. Their houses and farms have been destroyed.’’
He appealled to the international community and countries with sufficient knowhow and experience in tackling terrorism to increase their assistance to Nigeria.
"The relief agencies that are already working here should please double their efforts.
"And all people of goodwill should help in any way they can and to do more than they have been doing to alleviate the pain and suffering that we Nigerians face through this insurgency.
"Nigeria needs the world’s support. The world must not abandon Nigerians in our time of need,’’ he said.
Mubi in North-East Adamawa was reported to have been taken over by insurgents on Nov. 1.
The military authorities have since deployed troops and hardware to flush out the insurgents.