President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the gruesome murder of an Islamic cleric in Yobe State by some army officials.
Naija News had reported earlier that one Sheikh Goni Aisami was murdered on Friday by some suspected soldiers.
The state police command has since acted swiftly to arrest the officers involved in the act.
Reacting to Aisami’s killing, President Buhari in a statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the soldiers’ act as barbaric.
The Nigerian leader said the soldiers’ act is capable of watering down citizens’ trust and care to assist military men.
He said the perpetrator’s act has no place in the military training, adding that their action negates the entire ethos of military life which is anchored on discipline and respect for the sanctity of innocent lives.
He said “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 fearful of assisting soldiers, thereby destroying the bond of trust between our military and the civilians.”
Buhari called on the military authorities to punish the perpetrators of the heinous crime who are now in police custody without delay.
The President, according to Shehu, condoled with the Yobe State Government, the people of the State and the family of the victim of this tragedy.
This article was originally published on Naija News