The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to attend the burial of the five Nigerian Air Force officers, who died while prosecuting the war on terror.
He stated that it was sad that instead of boosting the morale of security officers, who were prosecuting the war on terror, Buhari went for the inauguration of his presidential campaign council.
Atiku said, “At a time when the morale of our soldiers should be lifted as they face the difficult task of defeating terrorists, who are threatening our national security, I find it most regrettable that President Buhari, despite being in Abuja, chose not to attend the funeral of the five air force officers, who died in a helicopter crash while prosecuting the war on terror.
“Tuesday’s refusal of the president to attend the funeral of these heroes is another unpatriotic behaviour demonstrated by President Buhari.
“Last month, I advised the President to find time to attend the funeral of the hero-soldiers of the 157 Battalion in Metele, Borno State, who paid the supreme price for Nigeria. Sadly, due to reasons best known to him, President Buhari chose not to attend their funeral, and neither was he represented by the vice president nor any federal delegation.
“During the most recent funeral, the President was in Abuja. The previous day, he had inaugurated his re-election campaign council. My question for Mr. President is this: Is securing your second term, more important to you than securing Nigeria?”
He advised Buhari to learn from young leaders like the French President, Emmanuel Macron, who on March 28, 2018, attended the funeral of a French policeman. He lamented that Buhari missed another opportunity to demonstrate commitment to Nigerian armed forces.