President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack on a United Nations’ aide helicopter in the Northeast by Boko Haram terrorists.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari described the attack as a “rearguard action” of members of the sect who he said have been under pressure from the military.
Buhari was quoted as saying that, “This latest cowardly attack on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.
“Let me reassure the international community and Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two people, including a five -year old baby, would not go without severe consequences.
“Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the back foot and their increasing attacks on innocent civilians, including UN humanitarian workers, was part of their desperation to prove that they are strong in order to cover up their dwindling fortunes.”
The President vowed to do everything possible to wipe out members of Boko Haram, adding that the security of foreigners and Nigerians remained the priority of his administration.