President Muhammadu Buhari has assured soldiers on the frontline of the campaign against terrorism in the Northeast that their sacrifices would never be allowed to go in vain.
President Buhari gave this commitment on Tuesday, while expressing sadness over the loss of soldiers to an ambush laid by Boko Haram terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State.
He charged troops not to let the setback demoralise them, noting that anarchists, murderers and enemies will not be allowed to take the country hostage.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over loss of soldiers in the ambush.
He said: “Sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain,” while commiserating with their families and those that sustained injuries.
The President said the death of every soldier causes deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.
“Despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage. The military should not to allow the incident to affect their morale,” the statement quoted the President as saying.
He assured that his administration will continue to motivate and equip them adequately in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.