Mistaken Bombing: Obi mourns, urges more diligence from troops

Mr. Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has reacted to the mistaken Army bombing of Tudun Biri village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, describing it as most unfortunate.

Obi advised the military authorities to always apply extreme caution and professionalism while defending the country to avoid any situation that will lead to the loss of lives of innocent citizens.

Obi said in his X handle that such an accident is painful and that no nation would desire it even in a war situation.

"I read with sadness, the devastating reports of the accidental bombing of Tudun Biri village in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, by a Nigerian Army craft that mistook the villagers for terrorists. 

"The lethal incident left death tolls reported to have risen to 80 persons, with several others injured.

"While our military continues to fight impressively against insecurity in many parts of the country, they must exercise utmost caution and professionalism to avoid this kind of embarrassment to both the military and the country,” Obi wrote.

The LP standard bearer advised that "Any incident that leads to harm or loss of lives of the innocent people they are meant to protect should be avoided.

He noted that "Even though the mishap is one too many, the security agencies should work with reliable human intelligence report on the ground before any offensive attack to avoid innocent casualties as has been reported in this case.

"Fatal mistakes like this leave indelible trauma on the families, who have lost their loved ones to this ugly and unfortunate mishap.

He commiserated with families that lost their loved ones. And to the dead, saying, “I pray God Almighty to forgive their sins and grant them eternal rest, and quick healing to the injured.”

He also prayed that such a mistake which leads to a sorrowful outcome as this, never happen again in our country.

He continued: "Regrettably, the problem of insecurity in our nation has persisted for so long that we are now paying such unintended human costs as collateral damage.”
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