Nigerian soldiers killed: Buhari boosts troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday called on his country’s soldiers to keep morale high, despite the loss of 47 elements in a Boko Haram ambush.

“I express deep sadness and deep sorrow over the loss of soldiers who are over-terrorized in the village of Gorgi, Borno State.”

This is from a statement by the Nigerian Presidency released on Tuesday evening by Mallam Garba Shehu, communications and public relations adviser to Muhammadu Buhari.

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On Monday, nearly 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed when their convoy was directed by Boko Haram elements in Borno state in the north.

But not enough to damage Buhari’s morals. “Despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to take the country hostage. I therefore urge our soldiers not to let the incident affect their morale, “said the Nigerian head of state.

The conflict between the Nigerian Armed Forces and Boko Haram has left 35,000 dead since 2009 and two million people still cannot return to their homes. The conflict has spread to nearby Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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