President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that his administration will take all necessary steps to achieve the release of those kidnapped during an attack on a mining facility in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area.
This came as he referred to the attack as a direct attack on Nigeria that would not be tolerated.
The President also paid respect to the military troops who sacrificed their lives fending off the onslaught in a statement released on Friday and signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, saying their efforts will not go in vain.
The statement is titled ‘President Buhari: Attack on Shiroro is an attack on Nigeria herself. it will not go unpunished.’
In the incident on Wednesday, gunmen thought to be terrorists killed over 43 people, including 30 troops and seven mobile police officers. Many Chinese and Nigerian nationals, according to locals, were also kidnapped.
Reacting to the incident, Buhari said, “We honour our security forces, and particularly those brave souls who have given their lives fighting against the evil that is terrorism. They constitute the best that Nigeria has to offer, and we remember each of them.
“Sadly, Nigeria’s fight against terrorism continues. It is a battle that is taking its toll on all of us. But we shall not relent, nor shall we surrender.
“We say it again that we have reduced Boko Haram to a shell of its former self. But terrorists are parasites. They thrive when the world is suffering.
“This atrocity only serves to further strengthen us against them. Nigeria is united in obliterating these demons. Each day, we grow closer to that goal. When they lash out during times of global suffering, it is the act of a cornered animal, an act of desperation.
“As always, their goal is the same: to sow fear and division amongst us. We will not let them.
“Instead, let us pray for the families and loved ones of those who sacrificed their lives in the fight against evil, and let us pray for the safe and speedy return of those abducted. We will do everything possible to ensure their return.
“And to the sadists, I say this: we are coming. No matter what rock you crawl under, what hole you sink into, what lie you hide behind, we are coming and we will find you. Shiroro will see justice. Nigeria will know peace,” the President assured.