Boko Haram Attack on Soldiers: Atiku Politicizes National Tragedy
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, has taken on President Mohammad Buhari, while regretting the death of soldiers killed by Boko Haram.
According to Atiku campaign organisation, the 157 Task force Battalion of the Nigerian Army were attacked on the day the nation’s service chiefs attended the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign, “Next Level.”
He said it was possible that the killing could have been avoided if the service chiefs had been allowed to concentrate on their jobs.
CityNews recall that President Buhari had advised Nigerians to not politicise the killing of armies in his message over the incident
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation recalled that Presidential aspirant had asked his friends and associates to present the gifts they would have given him on his birthday to the families of the slain soldiers.
The statement read, “Ironically, the All Progressives Congress that is now accusing Atiku Abubakar, has not deemed it fit to pay tribute to these gallant men who gave their lives in order to secure the lives of others.
“As a party, they have not issued even one statement condoling with the slain or their families, neither have they offered any tangible support to the families of these fallen heroes. Yet, they are accusing the Waziri, who has shown commitment to honouring these heroes, of selfishness.
“As a matter of fact, we now know through Reuters report, that these real Nigerian heroes were killed on November 18, 2018, which was the exact time that the candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, invited the service chiefs to attend the launch of the plagiarised #NextLevel launch at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa.
“The nation can only wonder if the Metele massacre could have been avoided if the APC and President Buhari had allowed the service chiefs to focus on their core duties, rather than on his ill-fated re-election campaign.”