Alleged secret burial of soldiers: Atiku demands probe. Atiku Abubakar has called for a probe of the alleged secret burial of 1,000 soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents – The former VP expressed shock that such a thing could happen under a democratic government, insisting that Nigerians deserve to know the truth of the matter.
Atiku urged that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist be inaugurated to investigate the findings of the Wall Street Journal Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 polls, has demanded that the alleged secret burial of 1,000 soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents be probed by a judicial commission of inquiry.
The former vice president made the call in a statement released by his media office on Thursday, August 1, Daily Trust reports, Atiku asserted that the alleged cover-up of the deaths of 1,000 soldiers was a national emergency that should shock all statesmen and leaders of thoughts into action to save the country.
He expressed shock that such a thing could happen under a democratic government, insisting that Nigerians deserve to know the truth of the matter. Atiku advised that in order to investigate and report to Nigerians the true state of the war on terror, the panel of inquiry should be made up of distinguished former military officers.
He said: I scan the report by the Wall Street Journal that over cardinal Nigerian troopers are in secret buried at the hours of darkness by the final Muhammadu Buhari crystal rectifier administration,
so as to cover actuality state of the war on terror, with a way of heartache and shock.
Heartbreak for the families and friends of these troopers UN agency, if the report is true, have lost their preferredones, without being allowed to bury them or even to
have any sense of closure as regards their fate. Shock, that such a factor may happen below a democracy, such as Nigeria is supposed to be.
I shudder to assume that the concealing of such an occasion of epic proportions may be true.
The men and girls of our soldiers area unit our 1st, second and last defence against our domestic and foreign enemies and should be treated with love, respect, dignity and
appreciation for the valuable service they render to Nigeria.
I cannot fathom that in the space of a year, 1000 of these great patriots were killed and buried secretly without their families being told.
I hesitate to believe that deceit on such a grand scale is even doable.
To make sure that we tend to get to all-time low of this matter, I urge that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist, be inaugurated to
investigate the findings of the Wall Street Journal.
Atiku else that Nigeria should guarantee prudent use of finances, so national resources may be decentralised in such how that ensures that the nation’s military and security forces are well armed and well remunerated.
The defence headquarters denied the media publication
which alleged that secret burial sites where troops killed by Boko Haram are buried, silently exist in the north-east theatre. In its statement on Thursday, the Nigeria military said the writer of the publication lacked knowledge of its valued ethos, and traditions on treatment of fallen heroes.
It said the insinuation could only emanate from an uninformed position of the author of the said publication, adding that it had become necessary to inform the public that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has a rich and solemn tradition for the interment of the fallen heroes.
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