Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for “developing and making our country safer” despite the reported killing of 118 soldiers in Borno state by heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists.
Ganduje, who made the remarks at a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, said Buhari has “decimated insurgency to smaller spaces”.
“Our party under President Muhammadu Buhari has achieved tremendously in developing and making our country safer under his watch. We are all aware of how insurgency ravaged many sections of the country, particularly the North East,” he said was quoted in a statement by Abba Anwar, his press secretary.
“But now, Nigeria is experiencing development in all spheres of our lives. At the same time many sectors of the economy are untirelessly (sic) improving from all measurement and standard. Insurgency has already been decimated to smaller spaces,” he added.
The governor’s comment are coming just about a week after about 118 soldiers and officers of the 157 battalion of the Nigerian Army were massacred by Boko Haram terrorists in Matele village of Borno state.
Reports say more than 150 other soldiers and officers are still missing in action, following the attack.
The Boko Haram group, who were affiliated to the Islamic State In West Africa (ISWA) claimed responsibility for the attacks in a video showing the deadly attack.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed “deep shock” over the killings in his first public comments since the attack occurred last Sunday.
He also gave an assurance that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
“No responsible Commander-in-Chief”, Buhari said “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.
He advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of national tragedy, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.