The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to provide convincing reasons to the public why the Nigerian soldiers are being killed frequently in the North East when it said the federal government has all it takes to nip the situation in the bud.
The party in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbindiyan specifically asked the President to explain why the government did not act before the killings, especially that of the 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 party is very worried by reports of alleged compromises, neglect and inattention to military formations in the North East leading to the vulnerability of our beloved soldiers’.
“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.”
“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.”
“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,” the party said.