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Smear Campaign Against Buratai Will Fail – Right Groups

Two pro-democracy Non-governmental organisations, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA ) and Association of African Writers on Human and Peoples Rights (AFRIRIGHTS) have raised alarm over an alleged well coordinated plot by some forces opposed to the counter terrorism war in the North East to plant sponsored, but false newspaper stories to impugn the character of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

HURIWA and AFRIRIGHTS are alleging that a mole within and without the military establishment have concluded plans to sponsor soft tissues of lies alleging violations of the assets declaration made by the Army Chief with specific reference to an offshore housing assets in Dubai the United Arab Emirates. 
Excerpts from the release endorsed jointly by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko for HURIWA and Esther Orok for AFRIRIGHTS reads “Sometimes one often wonders what is wrong with us in this part of the planet, our tendency to ruin or destroy  people for inexplicable reasons really baffles me. We are so destructive to the point of dragging people that are performing very well in their respective endeavours because of jealousy and sentiments.
“Just recently, some faceless individuals under the aegis of concerned citizens tried to drag the good name and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai into the fray of the ignoble arms procurement deal. That effort fell flat on the face of the perpetrators. Typically, hell bent in destroying the General, they came up with another condemnable smear campaign. They again embark on another round of smear campaign, alleging that he has investments outside the country”.
According to the groups, they were “concerned about the conduct of public officers and the need for propriety, our organization took it upon itself to investigate this allegation just like several others, and found out that they are untrue. For the avoidance of doubt, the said investment was legitimately cumulated over long period of time and was declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau on his assumption of duty as Chief of Army Staff in July 2015. The records are there at the Bureau for all those interested to check”.

According to the groups, “General Buratai has nothing to hide and leads by personal example which he encourages his subordinates to emulate. He was the first military service chief to declare his assets and asked all officers to do so. This is unprecedented and has no doubt given credence to the government’s anti-corruption crusade. Possibly, this and several other accomplishments are some of the reasons why these faceless detractors want to drag his name into the mud. 

“Unknown to them, any campaign of calumny against this war hero, is not just a personal attack on him as person, or the Nigerian Army, it is an insult and assault on our collective being as Nigerian people. This is because it is an attempt to distract him and the Army he leads from clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists and other good works of repos
itioning the Army to be truly the pride of the nation. The predators no doubt, were equally determined through this unpatriotic act to rubbish the government but they will not succeed as the truth will always vindicate him”.

The post Smear Campaign Against Buratai Will Fail – Right Groups appeared first on Nigerian News from Leadership News.

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