The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Brutai, has been asked to immediately throw in the towel to save the image of Nigerian Army, which lost over 70 soldiers at Matele in Borno State to Boko Haram insurgents recently.
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) and The Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIJE), in a joint statement signed by Dede Uzor A Uzor, who is the national publicity secretary and Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) respectively said the massacre of over 70 soldiers in Borno was enough for the Chief of Army Staff to honourably resign or be sacked if he fails to resign.
Unfortunately, said the groups, neither the COAS nor other top ranking officers who were Commanders of the soldiers have not resigned or been sacked.
“The massacre of over 70 soldiers by Boko Haram was a glaring indictment of the Nigerian Army , which has told Nigerians that they have routed Boko Haram insurgents. The Chief of Army Staff has no moral right to still remain in the Nigerian Army” the groups stated.
The groups described as “chilling the killing of over 70 Nigerian solders by a ragtag Boko Haram insurgents”.What happened to the one billion dollars ($1 Billion) insurgency fund earmarked to equip the Army.
The groups said it was unfortunate that inspite of the huge money taken from Federation Account to fund the fight against insurgency, no positive impact has been recorded in the battle, saying that the Nigerian Army was still confronting the insurgents with arms and ammunition bought by the former president Goodluck Jonathan.
They said ” we call on EFCC to commence investigation into the money to unravel how the fund was used.The Nigerian Army must put to an end these killings of Nigerian solders by Boko Haram insurgents especially as we approach general election.”.