Army has strong evidence that defeated politicians are behind recent killings, kidnappings in Nigeria – General Buratai

Lt General Buratai
Nigeria's Army  Chief
By Blog Editor 

Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday dropped a contentious angle to the likely cause of the current worsening spate of insecurity that plagues the country.

Mr. Buratai, a Lieutenant General, said some politicians who suffered defeat in the just concluded general elections are the ones responsible for the current insecurity in parts of Nigeria.

The General's statement came weeks after his office had hinted that some foreign influence were plotting to scuttle the May 29th second term inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari who won the last general election. That report can be read via this link.

Last week some Nigerian online newspapers published a reporting quoting Centre for Democracy and Diplomacy, Washington DC, that accused the presidential candidate of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, who lost the last election to Mr Buhari of being the brain behind recent killing across.

The published report can read on this link.

Mr. Atiku and his party has responded to this weighty allegation, describing it as the handiwork of the Buhari government and its ruling party who are trying to blame their "failures" on other.


The US-based Centre for Democracy and Diplomacy said it hinged its conclusion in the possible culpability of Mr Atiku, a former vice president, on his pre-election campaign utterances in which he said insecurity would persist if he was not voted as president.

It is not clear if the Chief of Army Staff's latest accusation against the disgruntled political class has anything to them with the alleged report of the US agency.

Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant-general, leveled the accusation in Maiduguri when he received the House Committee on Army led by its Chairman, Remand Shawulu, at the Theatre Command.

"The myriad of security challenges we are facing now in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so, is the fall out of the just concluded general elections.

"There are several political interests, politicians in particular not happy with their defeat and therefore, trying to take revenge, sponsoring some these criminal activities.

"There is strong political undertone, strong political influence.

"So, I will use this opportunity to call on the honorable members here to prevail on some of these politicians to look at national interest first before any other political or sectional interest.

"We have some strong evidence but we are still being cautious so that we don't get it wrong,'' Buratai said.
General Burrata advised those politicians against doing anything to aggravate the security challenges.

Earlier, Mr. Shawulu said the committee was at the theatre for its usual oversight function.

He paid tribute to officers and soldiers, who had died in the course of the counterinsurgency operation. He said they sacrificed their lives for the security and peace of the North East and country at large.

Metro Times' editorial take on this matter is that for how long would the Nigeria army conceals its strong evidence of culpability of such politicians?. 
Why is the army being very cautious about revealing with individuals who are allegedly undermining the security of the nation while hundreds are been killed on a daily basis? 
What makes the lives of the ragtag Boko Haram fighters and kidnappers that are being gunned down or neutralized by soldier less worthy than those allegedly giving them guns and bullets to assault Nigerians? 
When will the Nigeria military take action against the so-called defeated politicians? 

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