ABUJA: THE All Progressives Congress warned the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration against using the army to achieve so-called selfish gains. This follows the furore surrounding the records of the former’s Presidential candidate, Maj-General Muhammadu Buhari, in the army.
The opposition party, in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued warned that the PDP and government of “playing a dangerous game by trying to compromise the military in order to satisfy selfish political objectives.”
It said the statement credited to the Nigerian Army Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-General Olajide Olaleye, at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, that the army was not in possession of General Buhari’s certificates, was in direct conflict with his position earlier on the same issue.
“In an interview with a newspaper on January 4 2015, Brig.-General Olaleye said ‘Every serving and retired Army officer has at least a copy of his certificates and credentials kept in the Nigerian Army while that same serving and retired officer has copies of those same certificates and credentials,” said APC in a statement.
“Is Brig.-General Olaleye now saying that he did not make that statement? If he did, what has happened between then and now to make him to recant? It will be interesting to know what has transpired between then and now.”
APC added that the statement credited to Olaleye that there was no evidence that the certificates of all those who joined the army in the early 1960s were verified by the selection board was more worrisome.
“Is he now saying that all those who were commissioned into the officer cadres in the 1960s did not have their certificates verified? Does this not confirm what we said that in trying to destroy General Buhari, the PDP and the Jonathan administration will end up destroying the army as an institution? Or is it only General Buhari that was commissioned into the army in the 1960s?” argued APC.
PDP and the government had not commented on the issue. Buhari is tipped to be the main threat to Jonathan’s stranglehold on the Presidency ahead of next month’s elections.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency