President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s position that the end of Boko Haram is near, adding that the activities of the murderous sect in recent times signify its imminent eradication.
The statement is Buhari’s direct response to today’s attack carried out by a suicide bomber in Umarari Village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.
The statement, which was signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, read:
“President Buhari stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while commiserating with families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Umarari village, near Maiduguri, Borno State.
“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.
“The President who wished a speedy recovery to those injured also commended the security agencies and caregivers 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 in our unshaken resolve to defeat the enemy.
The President, therefore, prayed for the souls of the victims.
“The President prays that Almighty Allah will receive the souls of the departed.”