Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume has condemned the unfortunate attack by Boko Haram insurgents on troops of the Nigerian Army.
Ndume, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army said the troops must not allow their morale to be dampened by the recent attack which occurred in Borno State.
While expressing sadness about the loss of lives and injuries sustained by the troops in the course of protecting their fatherland, the Senator issued a rallying cry for the soldiers to keep fighting until the last of the insurgents are dealt with.
He called on the federal government as well as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya to ensure all equipment needed in prosecuting the war are made available while the welfare of the soldiers themselves does not suffer.
Ndume made the call on Sunday in a statement titled, “Killings of military troops: Your morale must not come down, Ndume tells soldiers.”
The statement follows the ambush attack on the troops by Boko Haram terrorists on Friday which resulted in the death of about 30 soldiers while many others were also injured.
The soldiers were said to be on their way to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital when they ran into the Boko Haram/ISWAP ambush around Marte- Dikwa local government areas.
The terrorists launched rocket launchers against the troops before engaging them in a gun duel resulting in the death of some soldiers as well as civilians.
Reacting to the sad incident, Ndume the unfortunate setback must not be allowed to overshadow the good works the troops are doing in fighting insurgency and keeping Nigeria safe.
His statement reads in part: “The killing of the soldiers between Marte- Dikwa in Borno State is highly condemnable. It is sad and unfortunate. This should not discourage the troops and the Army from taking the war to the insurgents.
“We send our condolences to the family of those killed and pray that God grant them eternal rest especially as they died in the course of serving their fatherland.”