Ezekwesili Mourns Nigerian Soldiers Massacred By Boko Haram

By Ikenga Chronicles November 25, 2018

The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has lamented the killing of soldiers by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Ezekwesili stated this in a press statement she released on Sunday,to commiserate with families of the deceased.

Ezekwesili said: “There are pertinent questions that the Federal Government and the military need to answer. How did this latest in a series of killings of our soldiers in frontline of battle catch our country off-guard? Don’t we think the official line that the Presidency and military have been pushing on the state of the terrorism war is endangering our soldiers and nation? Can the government be more honest on the challenges it appears to be facing in prosecuting the war?

“It is no longer acceptable for our heroes to die and not be accorded the honour of gallantry. The FG and the military must accord full military burial rites to the fallen soldiers and also publish the list of others who have died and had been buried discretely in recent times without giving the Nigerian people the opportunity to celebrate their gallantry.

“The FG should immediately take measures to protect and preserve our soldiers, military establishments, our people and territory to avoid further deaths. It is time for a review of current operational strategy being used to prosecute the war. It is also high time that our Intel was revamped.

“FG must take measures to assess the failure of leadership of the Service Chiefs – performance, accountability and consequence has been missing for far too long and must now change.”

She subsequently advised the military to improve on its intelligence gathering, saying that would be key to defeating the Boko Haram insurgency.

She said: “We express our sympathy and condolence to the families and loved ones of the departed soldiers. They are another set of heroes who have sacrificed their lives for others to live. This calls for a sober reflection and declaration of mourning days by the government.

“Nigeria security operatives need to do more on intelligence gathering. It is one of the key apparatus that must not be missing while fighting terrorists.”

The presidential candidate added, “The recent killing is a tragic and saddening occurrence and we pray to God to give the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

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