- Senator Ali Mohammed Ndume's recent comments on slain soldiers continue to get reactions and counter-reactions
- The senator's comments have, however, gotten the backing of powerful Borno state elders
- The elders say the claims by the senator is true and can be fact-checked
The Borno South Concerned Elders (BSCE) has defended the recent comment made by Senator Ali Ndume.
Ndume, chairman, Senate committee on army, told Senate correspondents recently that 847 slain soldiers were buried at a military cemetery in Borno state.
Ndume who is also from Borno state, is a former majority leader of the upper chamber and currently represents Borno central senatorial district.
Chairman of BSCE, Yakubu Kwanyang, in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, October 20, lamented over the verbal attacks targeted at Senator Ndume over his recent disclosure.
The army, and the National Democratic Front (NDF) had lambasted Ndume’s statement, accusing him of trying to divert attention.
The Borno elders, however, described the attacks on the senator as “misplaced and unconscionable.”
The BSCE stated that the figure quoted by Senator Ndume is clearly written on the roll-call of the dead at the military cemetery and offered factual proofs to back his claim.
“The revelation of the figure of the slain heroes cannot be said to diminish our profound appreciation of their invaluable service to our fatherland, instead, it is to p*rick the conscience of his colleagues in the chambers to respond positively by way of budgetary appropriation at the appropriate time,” The Borno elders said.
The group, consisting of 10 civil society organisations said it undertook a 10-day assessment to gather first-hand information on the state of affairs in the region.
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