Buhari was reacting to a foiled attack carried out by Boko Haram insurgents in Garkida, a town in Gombi local government area north of Adamawa State on Friday, February 21, 2020.
In a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Piblicitu, Garba Shehu, on Sunday night, Buhari condemned the attack and assured citizens that no part of Nigeria would be abandoned to its fate.
“These attacks on soft targets by the terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.
“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price.
”I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways.
“These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by the terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to fool the public into believing that they haven’t been militarily weekend by our gallant troops.”
President Buhari said since the inception of his administration, Boko Haram’s ability to invade and occupy Nigerian territories, let alone be able to hoist their flags had been frustrated.
President Buhari assured that in the coming weeks Nigerians would witness an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram once and for all.
“Security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services.
”I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country,” he added.
The Adawama attack is coming barely 48 hours after Boko Haram insurgents burned down many houses in Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state, as residents run for their lives.