The opposition party, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded explanation from President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians on the killing of over 70 soldiers by the Boko Haram sect in the North East.
Based on the statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, said that it has become necessary for the President to make clarification in view of reports on the circumstances in which the killings took place.
He said: “The PDP insists on the clarification from Buhari particularly after a thorough review of the killings, especially that of over 70 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion in Melete, Borno State, by invading insurgents, who reportedly sent a threat letter last Friday, to take over military locations in the area.”
“This is particularly against the backdrop of earlier claims by the Federal Government that insurgents operating in the northeast have been defeated.
The party is very worried by reports of alleged compromises, neglect and inattention to military formations in the northeast leading to the vulnerability of our beloved soldiers.”
They went further to say that the killings became worrisome particularly in the face of apprehensions by Nigerians that “the Buhari Presidency has been distracting our military by dragging our Service Chiefs to participate in his re-election campaign activities, instead of concentrating on their statutory duties.”
The party urge the Buhari Presidency to desist from acts that tend to whittle the proficiency and compromise the safety of the Nigerian Military.
“Our party, therefore, charges President Buhari to be alive to his responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief by immediately reviewing his parade to ensure greater professionalism and welfare of our officers and men.”
The opposition party also urge Nigerians not to despair in the face of this ugly development but continue to join forces with security agencies in the effort to cleanse the land of bandits, insurgents and marauders.