Buhari’s Absence At Burial Of Gallant Metele Soldiers ‘Unacceptable’ – Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said Presidential Muhammadu Buhari’s absence at the burial of the slain soldiers in the Metele attack in Borno State is “unacceptable.”

CKN News had reported that 19 of the 23 slain gallant men were buried on Friday with neither Buhari or Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo absence at the event.

And Atiku in a statement on Saturday noted that it was even more saddening that the federal government did not send a delegation to the ceremony.

“Today, I saw the pictures of the funeral of the officers and men of the 157 Task Force battalion of the Nigerian Army based in Metele and who were killed by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and my heart went out to the men, their families and to our entire armed forces,” Atiku said.

“May their souls rest in peace and may God grant their families fortitude at such a trying time.”

He added that he is “further pained that neither the President or his vice were in attendance at the funeral and that the Federal Government did not send a high powered delegation to represent the government at the funeral.

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“This is sad and totally unacceptable. This is beyond politics. This touches our shared humanity.

“What would it cost for the President to take a day and fulfil his role as head of state by attending the funeral of such men of honour and valour?

“The sad part of it is that a day before their funeral, President Muhammadu Buhari took time out of his busy schedule to host Nollywood stars at the Presidential Villa.”

“I appreciate Nollywood and I have personally done a lot, both in my private capacity and when I was Vice President, to promote that vitally important industry.

“However, it does not send a right message to the men and women who are fighting for Nigeria if you can attend a get together of entertainers but you cannot find the time to honour those who make the peace we are benefitting from possible.”
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