President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over death of Nigerian soldiers who were ambushed by terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State.
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 caused deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.
President Buhari said “despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage.’’
The President appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’, according to a statement issued by presidential media assistant, Garba Shehu.
He assured the troops that his administration would continue to motivate and equip them adequately in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.
The Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government, Shehu added in the statement issued on Tuesday night.
There had been unconfirmed reports that up to 70 soldiers were killed in the ambush.