After what was seen as criticism from some quarters of the country over the killing of about 100 soldiers of the 157 Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally on Saturday, broke his silence over the killing, stating that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.
Buhari’s statement which was made almost one week after the deadly incident was released by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity. President Buhari expressed deep shock over the killings while assuring that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
“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,” the statement read.
Buhari in the statement also revealed that there will be the need for international collaboration among states fighting terrorism as the security challenge has taken a global dimension.
“President Buhari 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,” the statement continued.
“He, however, advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of national tragedy, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who is commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.”
About 100 soldiers were killed recently in Metele, Borno State by a Boko Haram faction.