Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has condemned the ambush, attack and abduction of soldiers, and civilians who were carrying out their duties to the Nation in the Lake Chad Basin Frontier Exploration.
Describing the attack and abduction as callous, Osinbajo noted that the objective of the oil prospecting in the region was borne out of patriotic exercise to open up new areas for oil exploration for the common good of all Nigerians.
“The terrorist attack resulted in a number of deaths of hardworking and innocent Nigerians, and the abduction of some” he said.
Osinbajo also commiserated with the families, relatives and associates of those who lost their lives in the despicable onslaught and wished the injured speedy recovery.
Recall that the Acting President after an emergency meeting with military chiefs on Thursday, issued fresh directives to the Nigerian military and all security agencies to immediately scale-up efforts and activities in Borno State in order to maintain a strong, effective control of the situation and secure lives and property.
Commending the military for the progress already recorded with the rescue of some of the abducted, Prof. Osinbajo ordered the continuation of search and rescue missions to locate and ensure the freedom of all remaining abducted persons as soon as possible, using all available and expedient means in the circumstances.
He adds that justice would be pursued for the victims and against those who engage in this kind of unacceptable, criminal and terrorist conduct.
Osinbajo paid tribute to the resilience, courage and bravery of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their gallant endeavours and sacrifices for the peace, security and territorial integrity of the country.
He eulogized the soldiers who paid the ultimate price in the mission and others linked to the current insurgency, and gave a firm assurance that the welfare of the families of the soldiers will be prioritized.
Osinbajo further commended the diligence of the management and staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the lecturers/consultants from the University of Maiduguri in pursuing Federal Government’s resolve to grow Nigeria’s current crude oil reserve base through potential exploration in the Lake Chad Basin, stressing that the government will by no means be dissuaded.
“Some of these extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the University of Maiduguri put their lives on the line that we and generations to come will enjoy the resources of this land. We will never forget that sacrifice”
The Acting President also assured the people of Borno State, the region and indeed all Nigerians, that the FGN is not only on top of the situation despite the rampaging attacks.
“We will define the end of these atrocities by both winning the war and winning the peace in the North-east” he stated.
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