The major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party has berated the confirmation of Ex-service chiefs by Nigerian senate.
However, the party has said that the recent ambassadorial appointment of the ex-service chiefs will not halt or stall the current investigation and eventual possible probe of the appointees with allegations linking to the loss of lives in Nigeria owing to insurgency and other security challenges.
It will be recalled that the Ex-service chiefs may be reportedly facing some charges against them in the international criminal court, ICC.
This was contained in a statement signed and released by the national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, where he termed the act of hurriedly confirming the former service chiefs by the senate as an act of “betrayal.”
Could choose to betray Nigerians by rushing to clear the accused ex-service chiefs in a desperate attempt to grant them diplomatic immunity and shield them from investigation and prosecution for the atrocities committed against Nigerians under their command.”
Though it is public knowledge that the current APC Senate leadership is a mere rubber stamp and contrivance being used to endorse atrocious policies and suppress the will of the people, but descending to the level of aiding and abetting crime against humanity by attempting to confer diplomatic immunity on the accused ex-commanders is, to say the least, despicable.
It is indeed shameful that the APC leadership in the Senate could clear the ex-service chiefs, who the National Assembly had earlier indicted and requested for their sack over security failures and alleged compromises. Such reward of failure amounts to stabbing our nation in the back.
Also criticizing the APC led administration and the Nigerian senate, the PDP believes that the act by the Nigerian senate has put the integrity and impartiality of the Nigerian legislature in jeopardy.
Already, the development is pitching the Senate against the majority of Nigerians, particularly the victims of acts of terrorism as well as those of the reported extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions in dehumanizing camps, massacre of peaceful protesters, torture, rape and other atrocities allegedly committed under the ex-commanders, as detailed in the reports of credible international bodies including the United States Department of State, Amnesty International, AI, and Transparency International, TI.
The party however applauded its members in the national assembly who stood against the confirmation of the Ex-Service Chiefs.
The PDP urged them to stay focused on building the peace and democracy of the country.