The Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded clarification from President Muhammadu Buhari over the latest killing of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Metele in Borno State.
PDP demanded explanation on why Boko Haram insurgents were still operating after Buhari claimed they have been decimated.
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In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the former ruling party challenged Buhari to live up to his responsibility as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The statement reads, “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 particularly against the backdrop of earlier claims by the Federal Government that insurgents operating in the northeast have been defeated.
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“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.
“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.
“We 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.
“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
“Finally, the PDP calls on Nigerians not to despair in the face of this ugly development but continue to join forces with our security agencies in the effort to cleanse our land of bandits, insurgents and marauders.”