- President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of 47 soldiers in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Gorgi Village in Borno state
- The Nigerian president in a statement on Tuesday, March 24, commiserated with the families of those in the tragedy
- Buhari said the death of every soldier causes him deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of soldiers 47 in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno state.
The Nigerian president in a statement on Wednesday, March 25, through one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, commiserated with the families of those in the tragedy.
Buhari said the death of every soldier causes him deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.
He said the sacrifices of the gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain.
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The president appealed to the military not to allow the incident to affect their morale. He assured the soldiers that his administration will continue to motivate and equip them adequately in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.
He stated that the Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria and neighbouring countries continue to collaborate in the fight against terrorism, troops of sector four Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have successfully repelled a Boko Haram terrorists attack at Tumour in Niger Republic.
Legit.ng gathered that during the attack, 48 terrorists were killed while four others were captured by the gallant troops. This was disclosed by the coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, March 23.
The MNJTF is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
It is headquartered in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Force has at various times dealt a heavy blow to terrorists across the West African borders.
In another report, the war against insecurity received a massive boost as the Nigerian Army claimed it arrested eight people suspected to be suppliers of logistics to Boko Haram terrorists in their hideouts.
The suspected Boko Haram members were nabbed by the army while they were heading to Sambisa forest and Lake Chad axis with items including fuel, vehicle spare parts, foodstuffs, and mattresses, Leadership reports.
The army made this known through a statement by the general officer commanding the 7 Division and commander of Operation Lafia Dole Brigadier general AbdulKhalifa Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said upon establishing that the suspects are terrorists, their items were set ablaze. He vowed that terrorists will be dealt with decisively.
Sill on security, in the wake of members of the insurgent groups laying down their arms and renouncing violence, Major General Bamide Shafa, the coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, has revealed the government's reasons behind the adoption of a safe platform for repentant fighters.
According to The Sun, Shafa speaking at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Centre, Maiduguri, Borno state, told reformed and repentant insurgents numbering about 86 that war could not be won alone with force.
The army commander advocated that dialogue is the better way of ending the war, especially when the other side lays down their arms. He went on to note that the former insurgents on their own voluntarily surrendered and decided to return to society as normal citizens.
He said this was made possible when Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gave such people the opportunity through the Operation Safe Corridor programme which was established by the Defence Headquarters back in 2016.
The insurgents underwent intensive childcare, psycho-social training, and child care programme which was sponsored by UNICEF in conjunction with the Borno state government.
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