The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, promised that Nigeria will continue to stand by all its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the pledge while reacting to an attack in Niger Republic’s Tillaberi region in which many citizens were killed.
The statement was titled “President Buhari sympathises with Niger Republic over Tillaberi massacre.”
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying that the mass killing underscores the enormous security challenges facing Niger Republic as the country prepares to inaugurate its new President, Mohamed Bazoum.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the horrific attack on a convoy returning from a weekly market in Niger Republic’s Tillaberi region in which many citizens were killed, expressing his condolences to families of victims and all citizens of the neighbouring country.
“President Buhari strongly denounces the heinous attack, declaring that Nigeria will continue to stand by all its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.
“President Buhari notes that the mass killings underscore the enormous security challenges facing Niger Republic as they prepare to inaugurate their new President, Mohamed Bazoum, and indeed the entire sub-Saharan region which needs to work more closely to end the scourge of terror.
“Armed men in South-Western Niger intercepted a convoy returning from a weekly market and attacked a nearby village in the Tillaberi region, which is near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso.”