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Military leadership not complicit in Kaduna drone attack: N-East elders

The North-East Elders for Restoration and Development has described as malicious and insensitive insinuations that the military leadership was complicit in the recent drone attack in Tudun Biri, Kaduna State.

This is contained in a statement by the President of NEERD, Mallam Buba Tanko and the Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, on Sunday in Abuja.

Recall that a Nigerian Army drone on December 3 killed and injured many people at Tudun Biri in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The army accepted responsibility for the incident which it described as a mistake.

Following the incident, some individuals and groups purportedly insinuated that the incident had an ethno-religious undertone.

The North-East elders group said it was unfortunate that ethno-religious sentiments were being used to blackmail the military which it noted had continued to make sacrifices for the country’s peace and stability.

They said that those raising the allegations should have studied the antecedent of the present leadership of the military, especially the Chief of Defence, Gen. Christopher Musa.

According to them, it is unfortunate that some people are being used to escalate the tension in the North for selfish interest.

“For example, the present Chief of Defence Staff, Gen, Christopher Musa was theatre commander of Operation Hadin Kai. His stay in the North-East is enough to vouch that the Armed Forces of Nigeria under him will not descend to attack those it is protecting.

“During his stay in the North-East, Gen. Musa ensured that peace was not only restored but people, irrespective of ethnicity and religion, began to return to their various means of livelihood. We must not be blinded by ethno-religious sentiments at this time the country is going through economic and security challenges. Any one bringing up these insinuations at this time, does not love Nigeria,” they said.

The elders commended the armed forces for what it has done, especially in the North-East.

They urged residents of the region to continue to support the military in the effort to achieve total peace in the North-East and the country as a whole.

(NAN)

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