- President Muhammadu Buhari has shown concern for Nigerians recently killed by Boko Haram in Borno state
- The president and his delegation observed a minute silence for the deceased in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- The president is currently in the East African nation for the 33rd African Union summit
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sympathy for Nigerians recently killed by Boko Haram in Borno state.
The president, his delegation and members of the Nigerian community in Ethiopia observed a minute of silence in honour of those who passed away in the attack.
The honour was done to the victims before the commencement of the president's meeting with Nigerians living in Ethiopia.
The president had commiserated with the family of the victims in a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Sunday, Monday, February 10.
The president assured them that his administration will continually frustrate the operations of terrorist group, Boko Haram, and bring it to an end.
The terrorists killed dozens of people and kidnapped others along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway around Auno town, in Konduga local government area of the state late on Sunday, February 9.
Many Nigerians are, however, not impressed with the president's show of sympathy, with some asking him to instead match his words with action.
Yauba Mohammed wrote on Twitter: If he truly cares for the innocent lives that were brutally killed in the attack, he would since have cancelled his visit from the time he received the news and take his flight straight back to the country. A minute silence only for dozens of lives lost. This is very pathetic.
FS Yusuf wrote: Ineffective. It's far past the time to be ceremonial about the killings. Brutal and frontal assault against the insurgency is the real action. That goddamn "One-minute silence" is damn inconsequential.
Adeleye Oluyemi wrote: Your failure as a government doesn't need a minute of silence... It is better the incompetent Buhari and his clueless team resign.
Engr. I.M Mahbub: After the minute of silence, let's break our silence and tell the president that his administration has failed Us. In terms of security and economically. There is nothing to be proud throughout his years in office.
Musa Ahmed: Ideally, the president would immediately suspend that trip and come back home to address these recurring killings. But No. A minute silence in a foreign land.
Usman Butali: We reject his silence, his stay there is not better than the lives of Nigerians. His military is supervising the death of Innocent Nigerians and he is doing nothing. He should sit-up, he is the C-in-C and he should justify this by living up to the responsibilities of his office.
Recall that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) recently criticised the government for failing to secure Nigerians.
Interestingly, the presidency didn't address the issue but dismissed the group as partisan in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
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