The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has regretted that on the day over 117 Nigerian soldiers were killed, the nation’s service chiefs were attending the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s “Next Level.” re-election campaign.
Mr. Atuku expressed the regret in a statement on Monday made available to journalists in Abuja by his Campaign Organisation, saying it was possible that the killing could have been avoided if the service chiefs had been allowed to concentrate on their jobs.
The statement read, “Ironically, the All Progressives Congress that is now accusing Atiku Abubakar, has not deemed it fit to pay tribute to these gallant men who gave their lives in order to secure the lives of others.
“As a party, they have not issued even one statement condoling with the slain or their families, neither have they offered any tangible support to the families of these fallen heroes. Yet, they are accusing the Waziri, who has shown commitment to honouring these heroes, of selfishness.
“As a matter of fact, we now know through Reuters report, that these real Nigerian heroes were killed on November 18, 2018, which was the exact time that the candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, invited the service chiefs to attend the launch of the plagiarised #NextLevel launch at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa.
“The nation can only wonder if the Metele massacre could have been avoided if the APC and President Buhari had allowed the service chiefs to focus on their core duties, rather than on his ill-fated re-election campaign.
“In any case, we would like to inform the APC of Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s call for financial support from well-meaning individuals and institutions for the survivors of the Metele massacre, and indeed for all who paid the supreme sacrifice in the frontlines for us to be safe.”