Boko Haram war: I will investigate military hierarchy - Atiku

Boko Haram war: I will investigate military hierarchy - Atiku

- Atiku Abubakar has vowed to tackle the problem of insurgency

- The PDP presidential candidate said would deal with erring commanders

- The former vice president promised to adequately fund the military

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said that his government would be willing to investigate the military hierarchy as a way of tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, if elected.

Abubakar said this at a town hall meeting tagged: The Candidates, organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA media on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that his government would not hesitate to deal with any senior officer who failed in his duty after being adequately funded by his government.

We cannot continue to accept that kind of situation whereby commanders lose lives, lose equipment to terrorists and then nothing happens to them," he said.

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The PDP presidential also said that he would be willing to investigate the report of Amnesty International indicting the military on allegations of genocide.

He stressed the need for government to invest more in education and health sectors as well as to bring in more private investors to compliment governments programmes in the health sector. He said that if re-elected he would resend a bill to the National Assembly to prosecute any government at any level that managed education funds.

Asked if he would accept the outcome of the forthcoming presidential election if he lost, Abubakar said: “that, why not, if the election is credible?"

On the issue of farmers and herdsmen clashes, Abubakar said there was need to enlighten the herders on feeding lots.

“There is need for extensive public sensitisation of these herders to adopt this solution to minimize this crisis,’’ adding that this would not only reduce the crises, as it would also increase their income.

On the allegation that he paid less tax, Abubakar said what he paid was his personal income tax, while his companies paid their taxes also to government.

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He added that there may be mistake in the privatisation done under his eight years when he was vice president “but the programme was a success.’’

His running mate, Peter Obi, said that the PDP government invested heavily in the power sector but that APC government had not invested anything in the sector.

If you say that the PDP spent $16 billion and there is no power, it is not true," Obi said had reported that Atiku dismissed allegation that he used his position in the Nigerian Customs Service to perpetrate acts of corruption.

Abubakar made the remark on Wednesday in Abuja at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Daria Media with support from the MacArthur Foundation. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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