SOLDIERS’ DEATH: See What Buhari Said After A Week’s Silence
About a week ago, news emerged that cut-throat Islamic insurgents killed around 100 soldiers in Borno State.
Their Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally reacted to the attack on Saturday in a press statement.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock over the killing of military personnel,” the presidency said in an emailed statement issued by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.
“Immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all,” it said, adding that Buhari would hold strategic talks with military chiefs in the coming days.
According to a Reuters report, the Boko Haram militants attacked a military base on November 18 in the village of Metele in Borno and killed around 100 Nigerian soldiers.
The toll is among the highest since Buhari came to power in 2015. Analysts said it was a bid to undermine Buhari’s security record.
Saturday’s statement from the presidency, which did not make reference to the number of soldiers killed, follows days of criticism of the military and presidency in the Nigerian press and social media over their silence.
Buhari’s main opponent in the coming presidential poll, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, has repeatedly posted messages about the dead soldiers on Twitter in recent days.
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