•Meets with military, intelligence chiefs
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock over the killing of military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, warning Nigerians not to politicise what he described as “national tragedy”.
The Boko Haram terrorists splinter groups, Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) claimed to have killed over 100 Nigerian Army soldiers when its fighters overan a military base in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Army has also confirmed the attack but stopped short of giving an official casualty figures.
However, Buhari in a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, assured that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
Reacting to the tragic incident, the President said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.
He said: “No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens. Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat. In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.”
Buhari noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.
He reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.
He, however, advised Nigerians against making a “political capital out of national tragedy”, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.