Buhari, EU, Buratai Condemn Attacks

 Buhari, EU, Buratai Condemn Attacks

kano-mosquePresident Muhammadu Buhari, the European Union and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Tukur Buratai, condemned the killings.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President assured that with the renewed determination of the Nigerian security agencies, coupled with the regional and international attention constantly now focused on the eradication of terrorism, the final end of Boko Haram is in sight.
The President also commiserated with families of the victims.
He said the condemnable and reprehensible attack on a place of worship by perpetrators who pretended to be worshippers, has once again exposed them as mere criminals who have no place among civilized people.
President Buhari expressed his deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Borno over the incident.
Wishing speedy recovery to those injured in the blasts, Buhari also commended the security agencies and care givers for their prompt deployment to the area and reaffirmed that those who perpetrate, finance, organise and sponsor these reprehensible acts of terrorism will not escape punishment.
He implored Nigerians to continue to remain vigilant to the antics of these lawless individuals and cooperate with the relevant government agencies to defeat the enemy.
The President prayed that Almighty Allah will receive the souls of the departed.
The European Union (EU) in a statement reaffirmed its full support for the country’s fight against terrorism.
The statement said: “The European Union (EU) strongly condemns the latest attack on innocent worshippers in a mosque in Maiduguri this morning (yesterday) and extends its sincere condolences to the victims and their families. The EU again confirms its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people in their fight against terrorism in all its forms. This was reaffirmed to President Buhari when he met with EU leaders in February and was a major topic for discussion in the EU-Nigeria joint Ministerial meeting this week in Brussels.”
General Buratai described the attack as an indication that members of Boko Haram group are struggling to survive.
He described the uses of young innocent girls to kill themselves, as unfortunate.
He spoke in Benin City during a visit to the headquarters of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army.
Gen. Buratai said efforts were on to bring an end to insurgency in the country.
He said those carrying out attacks were the last remnants of Boko Haram insurgency.
On the re-run elections in River State, the Army Chief said the military was working to ensure peace during the period of the elections.
”First of all, the report talking about the end of insurgency was not properly carried. I did mention that insurgency is a very difficult situation. It is a global phenomenon and we will continue to struggle to ensure that it comes to an end very soon. This does not mean that insurgency will just die.
“So, what happened today is not unexpected because these people are struggling to survive and these are the last remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists. And as you know very well, they are sending innocent young girls to go and kill themselves. It is unfortunate. Their (Boko Haram) end is near definitely. But terrorism, in itself, is not something that you just wish just like that; it requires a lot of intelligence, lot of painstaking measures so that we will be able to take care of it. They are within us, within the society and, at any point, they will sneak out and go and commit the crime. So, it requires a lot of intelligence; and a lot of painstaking measures to completely end it”.
Addressing soldiers of the Brigade, Gen. Buratai urged them to be loyal to the constitution and to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He promised to improve on challenges being faced by soldiers in the Brigade.


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