The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has vowed to punish the perpetrators of the mining attack at Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
Buhari said this in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, on Friday, while paying tributes to the gallant men of the security forces who lost their lives in the process of defending the installation.
The statement partly read, “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.”