President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to defeat Boko Haram insurgents, saying their days are numbered.
Buhari’s reaction comes after the terrorists killed 10 travellers and burnt about 18 cars, including heavy-duty trucks in Borno State on Sunday night.
The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, condemned the “murderous and cowardly attack on innocent passengers by the Boko Haram terrorists near Maiduguri.”
The insurgents attacked stranded passengers at Auno, a village near Maiduguri, the state capital, where they attacked the victims, looted stores before setting them on fire.
Buhari in the statement, added that his administration is determined to frustrate the insurgents, and will not be derailed in protecting lives of Nigerians.
“The commitment of this administration to protect the lives of Nigerians will not be derailed by the cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists.”
“The terrorists are clearly on a back foot and their days are numbered.
“As our armed forces continue to receive more hardware and intelligence to counter our current security challenges, the remnants of Boko Haram will ultimately be crushed.
“The peculiar challenges of asymmetric warfare notwithstanding, our armed forces are ever determined to defeat these enemies of humanity,’’ Buhari added.