Shettima consoles with victims of Boko Haram ambush, says attack is tragic setback
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has described Boko Haram’s violent attacks on geologists and exploration workers from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the University of Maiduguri as a tragic setback in the fight against Boko Haram and in efforts to boost Nigeria’s economic fortunes.
In a statement issued and made available to DAILY POST by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, Governor Shettima said since he first got information concerning the attack on his way to visit the President in London, he hasn’t been his normal self and yet to recover from the shock of that attack.
“I haven’t been my normal self since I received information on that attack. What happened in the first instance was a tragic setback in the fight against Boko Haram and in Nigeria’s effort to expand its economic fortunes.
”I am deeply pained by this incident especially coming at a time when we were beginning to pick up the pieces of our lives. Even though the attack should never have happened given the successes recorded by the Military and multi-national joint forces since 2015, I nonetheless still deem it necessary to commend the military for re-mobilising and countering the initial gains of the insurgents.
”On behalf of Government and people of Borno State, I mourn and salute the soldiers and our sons in the Civilian JTF who paid the supreme price by giving their lives in this fight.
”I commiserate with their families and loved ones. For now, I am still waiting for full details concerning the ambush by the insurgents and counter attack by the military to fully ascertain number and identity of victims. But pending report to me, I mourn and salute any worker or supportive staff who might have lost his or her life in the course of trying to contribute in boosting Nigeria’s economy through exploration activities in the Chad basin.