Former presidential candidate Peter Obi has joined the chorus of condemnation following the killing of five soldiers in Abia State. Obi called for an immediate and thorough investigation into the crime, which occurred during a sit-at-home order.

The soldiers were attacked and killed at the Obikabia Junction checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Area by unknown gunmen.

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Expressing his dismay, Obi described the incident as appalling and a dastardly act. He emphasized that it serves as a stark reminder of the escalating insecurity and violence plaguing the nation.

Obi extended his condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers and the people of Abia State, stressing the urgent need to protect citizens and security personnel.

The former vice-presidential candidate emphasized the importance of demanding accountability and justice for the victims, stating that the failure to protect citizens and security personnel indicates a deficiency of the Nigerian state.

Obi expressed solidarity with the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, and the people of the state, warning against complacency in the face of continued brutality and bloodshed.

Obi’s response came after criticism from netizens who expected him to react earlier. His silence had sparked concerns, with some questioning his initial response to the tragic event.

However, Obi’s condemnation aligns with previous statements from other prominent figures, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who also denounced the soldiers’ killing.

The incident highlights the ongoing violence and brutality in Nigeria, demanding swift and decisive action rather than mere words and empty promises.

The call for justice and accountability resonates with the growing concerns about the state of security in the country, particularly in the Southeast region where the killings occurred.