Tell Nigerians The Truth On Secret Burial Of 1000 Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram/ISWAP – Atiku Queries Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections has reacted to a report by the Wall Street Journal that more than 1,000 Nigerian soldiers were allegedly buried secretly at night by the President Buhari-led administration.

According to the report which was published on Wednesday, a soldier from the Maimalari barracks, where more than 1,000 soldiers are based, was quoted saying, “The bodies are laid by flashlight into trenches dug by infantrymen or local villagers paid a few dollars per shift.”

“Several of my comrades were buried in unmarked graves at night.”

The wall street report further alleged that the Federal Government had quit reporting the deaths of soldiers in its fight with Boko Haram insurgents and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of the group since last year.

Atiku in a statement made on his Facebook page on Thursday said that he had read the report with “a sense of heartbreak and shock.”

The former Vice President then went on to say that an investigation should be carried out on this issue, to ascertain the facts.

In his words: “To ensure that we get to the bottom 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.

He also said any such findings made should be reported to Nigerians so they can know the true state of the war on terrorism currently disturbing the country.

“While this is occurring, I also strongly urge that a panel of inquiry comprising of distinguished former military officers be set up to investigate and report to Nigerians the true state of the war on terror and what must be done to ensure Nigeria brings a speedy end to the ongoing insurgency.”

He further described the alleged cover-up of the deaths of patriotic soldiers as “a national emergency that should shock all statesmen and leaders of thoughts into action to save Nigeria.”

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