The Minister of Youth and Sports,Barrister Solomon Dalung has condemned the recent Boko Haram terrorist attacks on the 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele, a Nigerian military base in Borno near Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic.
The Minister in a Statment issued on Tuesday by his Special Adviser Media,Nneka Ikem Anibeze commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal government, the people of Nigeria, the Military and the families of the slain patriots described the killings as senseless and barbaric.
“I stand with Mr President in this war against terrorism and my heart is with our troops as they make selfless sacrifices in defense of our nation.
“These attacks are senseless and coming at a critical period. It should not be viewed as a setback of our collective efforts to deal with the security situation, but rather an attempt to portray our determination in bad light.
“Nonetheless, I am convinced that the Nigerian troops will overcome this situation be stronger for it than before.
“I urge our countrymen and women to stand with our troops as the war against terrorism is an all out war for the survival of our nation”.The statement added.
Dalung prayed that the Almighty God reward the sacrifices of the gallant soldiers and grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
At least 118 soldiers were killed and 153 missing in the Sunday attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Borno State, according to PREMIUM TIMES.
President Muhammadu Buhari commented on the attack on Saturday, vowing to ensure the end of the insurgency and as well as care for the soldiers deployed in the volatile North-East.
In a video circulated this weekend, Nigerian soldiers deployed in the war-ravaged North-East blamed obsolete equipment and pervasive corruption amongst top military brass for the massive losses in personnel and equipment which insurgents have been inflicting on the Nigerian military since their latest evil campaign of raiding bases began July.