President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Boko Haram attack on Garkida, in Adamawa State.
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Buhari insisted that his administration has greatly weakened the capacity of the terrorist group, saying it is why they now look for soft targets.
The president also consoled with the families of victims.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, Buhari stated that no part of Nigeria will be abandoned to their fate.
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He said: “These attacks on soft targets by the terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.
“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price.
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”I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways.
“These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by the terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to fool the public into believing that they haven’t been militarily weekend by our gallant troops.”
The president said since the inception of his administration, Boko Haram’s ability to invade and occupy Nigerian territories, let alone be able to hoist their flags had been frustrated.
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He assured that Nigerians will witness an aggressive campaign to rout the jihadi group once and for all in the coming weeks.
“Security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services.
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”I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country,” he added.