President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of victims of the twin bomb blasts in the town of Madagali, Adamawa State which claimed 56 lives and injured several others on Friday.
The President also condoled with the Government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident, assuring them that they are not alone as he rest of nation mourns this grave loss with them.
A presidency statement said, “President Buhari restates that putting an end to this senseless loss of innocent lives remains a top priority of this administration”.
He added that, “over the past few weeks, the Nigerian military have made significant advancements in an offensive aimed at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram”.
According to him, “This latest attack is obviously an act of desperation, but the Nigerian military will neither be distracted nor relent.”
“President Buhari uses this opportunity to urge Nigerians to be more vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to the nearest security and law enforcement agency.
“The battle against terrorism is a joint effort involving all citizens, both government and governed. Together, Nigerians can and will defeat the evil that is Boko Haram”.
“The President prays that God will comfort the bereaved families in a way that only he can, while wishing the injured speedy recovery”.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Burutai, has assured the Governor of Abia State that the Nigeria military will continue to patronize made in Aba materials, including uniforms and boots.
General Buratai gave the assurance when he led a delegation of senior military officers on a visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government house, Umuahia.
He said the military has directed their suppliers to emphasize on made in Nigeria, stressing that the patronage was motivated by the Governor’s letter he received months ago.
While thanking the Governor for the excellent relationship existing between the Army and the good people of Abia State, Buratai said that he was in Abia to assess the progress of the “Operation Python Dance” which the Military launched to mark her end of the year training activities.
He also assured his host and the people of Abia State that “Operation Python Dance” is a peaceful engagement that builds synergy between the army and other security agencies.
The army chief emphasized that the army is not out to intimidate or harass anybody, stressing that Nigerian army and other security services belong to the Nigerian people.
He promised that the army will not intimidate law abiding citizen, adding that the security of law abiding Nigerians is the primary concern of the army.
General Burutai who is visiting the state for the first time since his appointment stated that the Nigerian Army has succeeded in maintaining peace in the country as well as defending Nigerian territories against external aggression.
Responding, Governor Ikpeazu thanked the military for their support to his administration’s push to boost patronage of made in Aba products. He observed that the Leadership of the Army under Lt General Buratai, has performed well in internal security operations, especially in the volatile north east region of the country.
Governor Ikpeazu also told his guest that he believes his visit to Abia will further boost the morale of soldiers and other residents of Abia state.
Governor Ikpeazu further cautioned Nigerians to respect one another regardless of the position they find themselves.
The high point of the courtesy visit was the donation of 2 new Hilux vehicles to the Military Chief by the Governor, which was eventually handed over to Brig. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu of the 14 brigade barrack at Ohafia, Abia State by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen. Buratai.
Brigadier General Fejokwu assured that the vehicles will be utilized for the benefit of the good people of Abia state.