Middle Belt Group Flays Atiku Over Comments On Missing Soldiers
The Middle Belt Conscience Guard has condemned former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over his recent comments on the “missing 23 soldiers” reportedly ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Atiku, while reacting to the incident, bemoaned the security situation in the country.
However, in a swift reaction, the group’s National Coordinator, Prince Raymond Enero, said Atiku’s outburst was rather a mockery of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Enero, in a correspondence to the erstwhile vice president, said it was “very unpatriotic of a former leader to jump into conclusion without making necessary findings.”
The letter reads in part: “We had to reach you through this open epistle to express our displeasure over your recent treacherous and unpatriotic activities to Nigeria, which we believe are counter-productive and capable of undermining the peace and security in the country.
“This forum was stunned to the marrow to read your malicious, hazy and preposterous propaganda on the alleged missing and unaccounted 23 Nigerian soldiers, you claimed in a tweet disappeared when Boko Haram terrorists purportedly ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama LGA of Borno State.
“Without any verifiable proof and basing your judgment from the proclivity of dissent serviced by a media report with anonymous attributions, you lent your voice to a fictitious story.
“There is no doubt that your tweet, expressing a phony concern on the alleged attack and missing soldiers, sought to legitimise an incident which never occurred anywhere.”
It went further: “This was after the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, denounced media reports alluding to alleged terrorist attack on a military convoy and missing soldiers, emphatically debunking that ‘there was nothing like that. No ambush on soldiers.’