President Buhari has reacted to the killing of 47 soldiers in an ambush launched by Boko Haram insurgents in Gorigi near Allargano Forest general area of Borno State.
The soldiers who were conveying bombs in a convoy during an ongoing operation, died after the insurgents fired shots at the convoy.
In a statement released by President Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over the incident.
Buhari who appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’, stated that the death of every soldier causes deep pain because he knows what it means to be a soldier. He also disclosed that the Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.
The statement reads: President Buhari has expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over loss of soldiers who were ambushed by terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State.
He said “sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain,’’ while commiserating with their families and those that sustained injuries.
The President said the death of every soldier causes deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.
President Buhari said “despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage.’’
The President appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’. He assured that his administration will continue to motivate and equip them adequately in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.
The Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.