President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned an attack on a United Nations’ aid helicopter by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State on Saturday, saying the act would not go without severe consequences.
President Buhari made this known in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Sunday.
The president described the attack, which claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year-old baby, as dastardly and unfortunate.
He noted that the attack was a desperate action by the Boko Haram terrorists who, according to him, have been on the back foot following the intense pressure from the military.
The statement read: “This latest cowardly attack on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.
“Let me reassure the international community and Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year-old baby, would not go without severe consequences.
“Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the back foot and their increasing attacks on innocent civilians, including UN humanitarian workers, was part of their desperation to prove that they are strong in order to cover up their dwindling fortunes.”
President Buhari added that the security of foreigners and Nigerians remain the top priority of this administration.
He underscored the need for all humanitarian and other aid workers in the region to, at all times, properly coordinate movements — air or land, with the Theatre Commander and other military authorities.