The Presidency has criticized former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for his reaction to reports that the Nigerian army secretly buried more than 1,000 soldiers killed by terrorists from Boko Haram.
The Wall Street Journal had reported how soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents were allegedly buried in hidden cemeteries.
In reaction to the publication, the presidential candidate of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku, called for an independent investigation into said secret burial.
But in a statement on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s exclusive advisor on media and advertising, Femi Adesina, accused Atiku of denigrating the country’s democracy.
The statement says: “Before and after the ruling of the State of Osun, the PDP candidate had always been quick to represent adverse events in the country, the last of which is the biased history of the Wall Street Journal, claiming that Boko Haram and terrorists had recently killed around one thousand Nigerian soldiers from the Islamic State of West Africa, and secretly buried by Nigerian military authorities.
“The military has duly responded to the story, educating the Wall Street Journal about the void of its publication.
“But Alhaji Abubakar has quickly intervened in the matter, as part of his tactics to stimulate emotions and perhaps get the judiciary to reflect the” pulse of the nation “in his trial.
“According to the PDP candidate, who lost the poll last February by almost four million votes, as published by the election arbitrator, he could not understand that within a year, dozens of great patriots were killed and buried in secret without their to the families that tell them.
“In an apparent last-minute idea and double discourse, he added that he doubted that” a large scale of deception is even possible under a democracy, as Nigeria is expected to be. ”
“The above, instead of mitigating Alhaji Abubakar’s position, reveals him as someone who denigrates the country’s democracy, that he was part of the construction, at its peak, before blinding the unbridled ambition.”
“Yes, the soldiers fighting against the insurgency and terrorism are great patriots. But the same cannot be said of anyone who hastens to believe any negative history about their country, as fictitious and untruthful as it may be. Well, except that that person had the reason to provoke negative feelings and emotions so that the judiciary could respond to the “pulse of the nation and reflect it.”
“Therefore, in vain, someone works to devalue the government and its military, thinking that it would enter into a great plan to reach power through artifice. The campaigns and elections for 2019 are long over. The country has moved on. And those who know it know. “