President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over the death of soldiers; who were ambushed by terrorists in Gorgi village, Borno State.
The President made his feelings known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
He said: “The sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain.’’
Further, Buhari commiserated with their families and those that sustained injuries.
Buhari, himself a retired military general, affirmed that the death of every soldier causes deep pains; ‘‘because I know what it means to be a soldier. Also, I fully understand the extreme risks associated with the profession. Despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage.’’
Equally important, the President appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’. He assured that his administration would continue to motivate and equip them adequately; in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.
The presidential aide revealed that the Nigerian Army has since dispatched a team to assess the situation. The team is expected to report back to the government.
Indeed, 1st News had reported the attack by the Boko Haram terrorists; which resulted in the death of dozens of soldiers in Yobe. The unsuspecting soldiers were ambushed near Gorgi village in northern Borno state, according to military officials and villagers.
“The Nigerian military suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,” defence ministry spokesman John Enenche told journalists in Abuja; on Tuesday.
Enenche did not disclose the exact number of casualties resulting from the Boko Haram attack.
However, local witnesses placed the death toll at between 50 and 75 people.