President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Military authorities to find out all those elements in the army with criminal tendencies.
The president gave the directive in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu while reacting to the cold-blooded murder of a Yobe State-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Asami.
The Muslim cleric was hacked to death by two soldiers who he offered a lift at Jajimaji, the headquarters of Karasuwa local government council in Yobe state on Saturday, August 20.
Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, Buhari condemned the unprovoked and cold-blooded murder of the Islamic cleric.
President Buhari said, ”This barbaric murder of a compassionate man by a soldier he had assisted has no place in our training as soldiers.
”It negates the entire ethos of military life which is anchored on discipline and respect for the sanctity of innocent lives.
”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 at 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 be fearful of assisting soldiers, thereby destroying the bond of trust between our military and the civilians.”
Buhari, therefore, called on the military authorities to punish the criminals of this heinous crime without delay, and find out other elements with such criminal tendencies.