by Patrick Ibe
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians to stop making a political capital out of national tragedy.
He stressed that members of the armed forces who are being killed by terrorists are members of one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.
The President in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, expressed deep shock over the killing of about 118 military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.
He assured at the same time that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
Reacting to the tragic incident, the President said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.
According to President Buhari, “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.”
The President noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.
President Buhari reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.