- President Muhammadu Buhari has said the recent Boko Haram attack on a UN helicopter in Borno will be met with severe consequences
- The Nigerian president described that attack on the UN helicopter as cowardly
- Buhari said Boko Haram terrorists are attacking innocent civilians out of desperation
The Nigerian president in a statement issued through a media aide, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, July 5, described that attack as a cowardly act, Premium Times reports.
He said Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military have become desperate.
The president stated that the desperation of Boko Haram was evident in its increasing attacks on innocent civilians to cover dwindling fortunes.
Buhari said security remains the top priority of his administration and that the federal government will not relent until the terrorists are eliminated.
Meanwhile, a group of community-based organisations in Nigeria has condemned the calls for the sack of Nigeria's service chiefs in some quarters.
The organisations under the aegis of People’s Parliament vowed to sustain its total support for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration and the service chiefs in the fight against insurgency in the northeast region.
In a communique signed by George Gondo and Adamu Bagudu, the organisation's chairman and secretary respectively, the organisation said President Buhari and the service chiefs have demonstrated capacity, willpower and the expertise to rid the country of terrorism, banditry and other crimes.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, a member of the organisation, Gabriel Agibi on Wednesday, June 24, said the president and his service chiefs would need the total support of all Nigerians to deliver absolute peace across the country.
The People's Parliament also called on state governors and stakeholders to play their own part, as all hands must be on deck to defeat the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The organisation said it overwhelmingly passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari and his security architecture to defeat the insurgency ravaging Nigeria.
Further advising the already decimated Islamic fighters to surrender now they have the chance, the organisation called on security agencies charged with investigations and intelligence gathering to step up their game.
In another report, the Nigerian Christian Youth Assembly (NCYA) commended the chief of defence staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, for fostering synergy among Nigeria's military components.
The group said Olonisakin has proven to be the catalyst in the numerous operations of the three armed forces in Nigeria.
In a statement co-signed by Reverend Philip Attah and Pastor Stephen Onwu, the group's president and secretary-general respectively on Tuesday, June 23, NCYA said Olonisakin's appointment in 2015 was a turning point in the fight against insurgency and other criminal elements across Nigeria.
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