Following the alleged ‘secret burial’ of over 105 soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents, former Minister of Aviation, Olufemi Fani-Kayode has castigated President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Defence, Rtd Brig. Gen. Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. Vanguard reports.
He tweeted: “The most reprehensible thing that our government can do is to cover-up the fact that 105 of our soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in battle.It is evil”.
“A soldier ought to be honored in death and this is especially so if he dies in the course of doing his duty and fighting for his nation”.
“The government has not only dishonored them by not acknowledging their sacrifice but they have also buried them in the wilderness like rabid dogs”
“This is wickedness of the highest order and Pres. Buhari, his Chief of Army Staff and his Min. of Defence should bury their heads in shame”.
“I am outraged by the fact that a soldier will sacrifice his life for his country yet the citizens of that country don’t even appreciate it.”
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, November 23 quietly buried several dead soldiers at the military cemetery in Maiduguri, according to Thisday.
Recall, Premium Times, had reported that 105 soldiers attached to the 157 Battalion were killed after they came under a penetrating attack from Boko Haram in Gudunbali.
However, the Director of Army Public Relations at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja, Col. Sani Usman, described the report as a smear campaign against the Nigerian military.
In a swift rebuttal, Col. Usman disclosed to Thisday that the burial that took place was not that of the alleged 105 dead or missing soldiers.