Former military Head of State and a presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhamadu Buhari, (retd), weekend, said it was wrong to blame Nigerian soldiers over the country’s inability to root out Boko Haram insurgent.
According to him, since no attention had been paid to soldiers’ complaints about lack of equipment to tackle the insurgents headlong, despite huge money voted for defence sector.
He spoke in Enugu while addressing state delegates of APC to the forthcoming presidential primaries of the party in Enugu.
Exonerating the Nigerian military, Buhari said, “Soldiers have been complaining that they are ill equipped, in spite of the trillions budgeted for defence in the last three years. If you consider the revenue Nigeria has generated since 1999, you will be shocked at how inefficient and corrupt PDP has been. Soldiers have been saying they are ill equipped, yet trillions have been voted for defence in the last three years. If we don’t vote out PDP we will all be the losers. Cast your votes for us so that we can all fight this inefficiency and corruption.”
He observed that 2015 would turn out to be another landmark year in the country’s history and advised party members to get their Permanent Voters Cards, PVC’s as it was the only ammunition to vote out PDP and also ensure that their votes counted in the 2015 general elections.
He was accompanied by former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El Rufai and Chief Audu Ogbe.
General Chris Eze (retd) who responded on behalf of other delegates, described Buhari as the President Nigeria needed, noting that with him as President, Nigeria would once again, be sure of having a Commander and in Chief that knew his onion and recalled how the Maitasine sect was driven away from Nigeria into Chad during his (Buhari) reign as the Head of State.