Buhari distracting the military with campaigns led to killings of Nigerian Soldiers-PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop acts capable of compromising the safety of the service men and women who are daily risking their lives in defence of the nation.

The party also alleged that the killings are taking place because the President is busy distracting the military by dragging service chiefs into his reelection campaign.

The PDP, while reacting to the news of the killing of Nigerian soldiers by insurgents in Melete, Borno State in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, lamented that the incessant but avoidable killing of the soldiers by insurgents in the northeast demands explanations from the president.

The party said: “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, the PDP insists on clarifications from the Buhari Presidency.”

“This is in addition to 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 PDP however notes that it still has implicit faith in the Nigerian military and urged the Buhari Presidency to desist from acts that tend to whittle the proficiency and compromise the safety of our men and women who are daily risking their lives in defence of our nation.”

“This is particularly against the backdrop of earlier claims by the Federal Government that insurgents operating in the northeast have been defeated.”

The party further said it was worried by reports of alleged compromises, neglect and inattention to military formations in the northeast leading to the vulnerability of the soldiers.

The opposition party also called on President Buhari to be alive to his responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief by immediately ensuring greater professionalism and welfare of our officers and men.

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