From Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
Mastermind of Saturday’s assault on a United Nations (UN) helicopter close to Damasak, Borno State, can pay dearly for it, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Sunday.
The President mentioned the federal government will avenge the assault during which two individuals, together with a five-year-old, have been killed. The assault was attributed to insurgents.
In keeping with a report by the UN, one in all its Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was shot at by the Boko Haram terror group on Saturday.
In a press release by his Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President described the assault as cowardly, vowing that it will be repaid with a heavy consequence.
Condemning the incident, the President mentioned the most recent act by the fear group was carried out to camouflage its dwindling power, assuring each the worldwide group, in addition to Nigerians, that safety of lives and property remained his administration’s prime precedence.
Within the response, President Buhari condemned “the dastardly assault on UN support helicopter within the Northeast on Saturday by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
The assertion reads: “This newest cowardly assault on the UN humanitarian helicopter is one more determined rear guard motion by the Boko Haram terrorists who’ve been underneath intense strain from the Nigerian army.
“Let me reassure the worldwide group and Nigerians that this newest cowardly assault on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two folks, together with a 5 yr previous child, wouldn’t go with out extreme penalties.
“Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the again foot and their growing assaults on harmless civilians, together with UN humanitarian staff, was a part of their desperation to show that they’re sturdy with the intention to cowl up their dwindling fortunes.
“The safety of foreigners and Nigerians stay the highest precedence of this administration, and we will depart no stone unturned till we eradicate these remorseless enemies of humanity.”
The President additionally underscored the necessity for all humanitarian and different support staff within the area to, always, correctly coordinate actions – air or land, with the Theatre Commander and different army authorities.