Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for not attending the burial of the 5 Nigerian Air Force personnel who died in a helicopter crash while fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Damasak, Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
Atiku said that instead of Buhari to attend their burial which was held in Abuja, he was busy inaugurating his presidential campaign council.
“At a time when the morale of our soldiers should be lifted as they face the difficult task of defeating terrorists, who are threatening our national security, I find it most regrettable that President Buhari, despite being in Abuja, chose not to attend the funeral of the five air force officers, who died in a helicopter crash while prosecuting the war on terror.
“Tuesday’s refusal of the president to attend the funeral of these heroes is another unpatriotic behaviour demonstrated by President Buhari.
“Last month, I advised the President to find time to attend the funeral of the hero-soldiers of the 157 Battalion in Metele, Borno State, who paid the supreme price for Nigeria.
“Sadly, due to reasons best known to him, President Buhari chose not to attend their funeral, and neither was he represented by the vice president nor any federal delegation.
“During the most recent funeral, the President was in Abuja. The previous day, he had inaugurated his re-election campaign council. My question for Mr. President is this: Is securing your second term, more important to you than securing Nigeria?”
He further advised President Buhari to learn from world leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France who on March 28, 2018 attended the burial of a French policeman who died from a terrorist attack.