Flush Out Criminals – Buhari Tasks Military, Condemns Sheikh Goni’s Murder


BY EDMOND ODOK – President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the Nigerian Military to deliberately flush out from their midst criminals who are bent on tarnishing the Armed Forces’ image in the public space.

The President also condemned what he called “the unprovoked and coldblooded murder of a Yobe State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami, by a callous soldier he had offered a lift as confirmed by the Police.”

In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the President said; “This barbaric murder of a compassionate man by a soldier he had assisted has no place in our training as soldiers, and it negates the entire ethos of military life which is anchored on discipline and respect for the sanctity of innocent lives”.

According to the President, “as the Commander-in-Chief, I am personally outraged by this criminal and wicked act by a law enforcement official trained to protect life.

“By our training, we are guided by a code of conduct that frowns on this kind of reckless and criminal act. It is not in our character and training to put innocent citizens in harm’s way. Of course, the action of this soldier is an isolated incident involving an individual, but it is capable of staining the collective image of our military.

“This incident is capable of making our fellow citizens to be fearful of assisting soldiers, thereby destroying the bond of trust between our military and the civilians.”

Demanding that the Military purge themselves of criminal elements giving the Armed Forces a bad public image, the President further said; “I call on the military authorities to punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime without delay, and flush out other elements with such criminal tendencies”.

President Buhari therefore sent his condolences to Yobe State Government, people of the State and family of the victim over this unfortunate incident.

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