The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the Federal Government of wasting valuable time and resources on the reelection campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari while neglecting the Boko Haram crisis that has continued to consume the lives of innocent citizens.
He also called on the Federal Government to release the report of the committee on arms procurement.
In a statement in Abuja on Sunday by the Special Assistant to the PDP presidential candidate on Public Communication, Mr Phrank Shaibu, Atiku said had President Buhari spent half of the resources and time he had devoted to his reelection project on the Boko Haram crisis, the crisis would have been resolved while hundreds of precious lives would have been saved.
He said, ‘’There is no gainsaying that Buhari has got his priorities wrong and has acted in a manner that suggests a total disregard for human lives.
“Or how else does one explain a situation where citizens, including security agents, are being hacked down daily by the Boko Haram insurgents and all the government is doing is to waste time and resources on an undeserving reelection bid?’’
Atiku, who was reacting to December 27, 2018 attack on two military bases in Borno State and the seizure of the outpost of the Multinational (Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon) Joint Task Force in the border town of Baga by Boko Haram fighters, alleged that the President Buhari administration had “completely lost control of the engagement with Boko Haram and can show no instance when the military had any dominance of any aspect of the conflict.”
“Two days earlier, on December 25, 2018, 14 Nigerian Army and police personnel were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram.
“It is now apparent that those saddled with ensuring the security of lives and property in the country are grossly incapable of doing so. The current APC government lacks what it takes to prosecute the Boko Haram war with the kind of vigour and precision that it deserves,” the statement said.
He said it was strange that President Buhari who promised to address corruption still had not taken into account the report prepared by the committee set up by Buhari himself to investigate corruption in military procurement (from 2007 to 2015), to the point where it has totally compromised the Nigerian Armed Forces’ ability to address the Boko Haram conflict.
He noted that no significant economic or political progress could be achieved in Nigeria until the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency was resolved.
He regretted that some members of the panel had been killed.
He said, “We are all witnesses to the fact that a member of the committee, Rear Admiral Daniel Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Lagos, was assassinated on April 5, 2017.
“He had earlier been threatened, and subsequently murdered. The secretary to the committee was attacked with gunfire in his car, but survived.”