PDP tasks Buhari over killing of 70 soldiers in North-East

The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday lamented what it called the incessant but avoidable killings of Nigerian soldiers by insurgents in the North-East region.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said that after a thorough review of the killings of the over 70 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion in Melete, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists, President Muhammadu Buhari must give Nigerians explanation.

He stated that this is particularly against the backdrop of earlier claims by the Federal Government that insurgents operating in the North-East had been defeated.

Ologbondiyan said, “The party is very worried by reports of alleged compromises and neglect of military formations in the North-East leading to the vulnerability of our 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 duties.

“Our party, therefore, charges President Buhari to be alive to his responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief by immediately reviewing his policy to ensure greater professionalism and welfare of our officers and men.”

Meanwhile, the PDP on Friday reported the President to the United Nations over alleged plots by him and his party, the All Progressives Congress, to scuttle the 2019 elections, particularly, the presidential poll.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr. Uche Secondus, who led members of the National Working Committee to receive the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, claimed that Buhari was already compromising the military and other security forces as parts of efforts to muscle in the electoral process.

Chambas had earlier urged political stakeholders in the country to follow the rules to ensure a smooth electoral process in the 2019 elections.
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