President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the President and people of the Republic of Chad on the twin suicide bombings which took place in that country’s capital on Monday, saying killing 23 people and wounding more than 100 in the attacks which the Chadian police has blamed on Boko Haram militants.
Buhari also condoled the people and government of Borno state over the death of over 60 people from explosion triggered by abandoned explosives in Monguno town.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu Last night, the President vowed that crushing the insurgents remained his administration’s priority.
Shehu said Buhari conveyed his condolences in a telephone call to President Idriss Deby at 5.30pm yesterday.
He quoted the president as saying: “Chad has been on the frontline of the regional fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.
“They have stood by us through the worst and most difficult times of the challenges we have faced with terrorism. You also have our support during this difficult time”.
According to Shehu, Buhari added that it was sad and pitiful that the terrorists had extended their brutal cowardice to the neighbouring country, but expressed hope that it was only a matter of time before the insurgents would be flushed out and dealt with.
For Borno, Shehu said the president assured the people of the state of the commitment of his administration to degrade the insurgency which had necessitated the relocation of the command centre of the military to its hotbed.
“Crushing Boko Haram will remain a priority of my government”, Shehu quoted Buhari as saying.