The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Thursday’s terrorist attack on a military base in Niger Republic which left no fewer than 89 soldiers dead.
Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said Buhari expressed deep sympathy and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.
While condemning the heinous attack by the terrorists, Buhari assured his Nigerien counterpart, President Mahamadou Issoufout, and the people of Niger Republic hat Nigeria will continue to work closely with Niger and other international partners to overcome terrorism and violent extremism.
Also, the United Nations Security Council has condemned the attack.
The council’s position came was made known at its meeting in New York on Monday.
Media reports quoted a government spokesman as saying the incident occurred when heavily armed militants attacked an army outpost at Chinagodrar in western Niger Republic.
It came barely a month after jihadists killed 71 soldiers in a similar attack on a military outpost in the country’s west.
After the resolution, the Permanent Representative of Niger to the UN, Amb. Abdou Abarry, commended the council and the international community for condemning the “cowardly’’ act.
Abarry said the Sahel Region and the whole of West Africa needed the support of the council to end the scourge of terrorism.
“I would say all of you supported because the threats that the regions face today is a threat to international peace and security and so in that respect it requires the action of everyone,’’ he said.