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Nigerian Government describes Borno attack as a “cowardly act”

The Federal Government of Nigeria has described the Boxing day morning unsuccessful suicide attack that killed the bombers at Kasuwan Shanu in Maiduguri as a cowardly act by fleeing terrorists.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who stated this, appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the troops as they clear the remnants of the terrorists who are now on the run.

He also called for increased vigilance among Nigerians, as boko haram escapees seek to integrate themselves into communities far and near, saying eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.

We urge Nigerians to keep our gallant and victorious troops in their prayers, and to also imbibe the mantra of ‘if you see something, say something’ as a way of ensuring that no escaped terrorist is able to wreak havoc in their communities. It is also important to know that now that they have been dispossessed of their fortress, the boko haram escapees will intensify their cowardly attacks on vulnerable targets if only to maintain an illusion of terror. But there should be no panic because the worst is over, Alhaji Mohammed said.

While commending the military for the re-opening of the Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak road and the Maiduguri-Mungono-Baga road, which links Nigeria with neighbouring countries, he hailed Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima for his unwavering support for the military and his administration’s determination to quickly restore normalcy

across the state.

The Minister said it was in recognition and celebration of the great feat performed by the military that he decided to lead over 30 Nigerian and international journalists to join the Hon. Minister of Defence, retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali, the Service Chiefs and the

Governor of Borno State, at the opening of the two strategic roads in Borno on Sunday.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather, our flight to Maiduguri from Abuja was cancelled after several hours of waiting at the airport in Abuja. However, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, accompanied by the top brass of the military, re-opened the two arterial roads. This is very significant because the two major roads, which were closed due to the activities of the terrorists in the area, are of strategic importance to the economy of the Lake Chad Region, he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said overall, the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari provided the much-needed impetus for the military’s victory in the North-east, and urged Nigerians to continue to give their unalloyed support to the President in his untiring efforts to restore peace and security across the country and also revamp the

economy.

Failed Attack

A bomb blast on Monday hit Kasuwan Shanu area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Confirming the incident, spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, DSP Victor Isuku, said the explosion which occurred around 8:30am involved two suicide bombers, male and female.

The female was shot just as she detonated her improvised Explosive Device (IED), killing only herself while the male suspect was arrested and his IED defused by the police command.

Source: Voice of Nigeria