President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he would not rest or give room to complacency until the war against insurgency was won overwhelmingly.
Buhari said this in reaction to the killing of soldiers in Metele village, Borno, by Boko Haram insurgents.
Although the army is yet to reveal the number of casualties in the deadly attack, it is estimated that no less than 100 soldiers were killed in the attacks.
Quoting Buhari, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said immediate measures are in being put in place to end the atrocity.
He said his administration was committed to the security of military personnel and other citizens, and would provide the needed support to troops fighting the terrorists.
the statement quoted Buhari as saying “No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens.
“Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat.
“In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.”
The president said the fight against terrorism has taken a global dimension, hence the need for international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.
He said his administration will sustain the momentum of the significant successes recorded against the terrorists.
Referring to the soldiers killed in Metele, Buhari said Nigerians should not make a “political capital out of national tragedy”.
He said that “members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians”.