President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the killing of 118 Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram at Metele village, Guzamala local government area of Borno State, on Monday, November 19, 2018.
We reported earlier that the number of Nigerian soldiers who were killed during the attack at Metele village, Borno State, has reportedly increased from 100 to 118, and 153 others are yet to be accounted for. Read the report HERE.
Reacting to the killings, the President issued a statement on Twitter on Saturday, November 24, 2018, assuring all Nigerians that the loopholes which led to the attacks will be blocked. The statement reads:
“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.”
President Buhari also noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.
He reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and also, of his efforts to sustain the momentum gained from the previous successes recorded against the terror group.
The President also advised against making 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.