Acting President, Professor, Yemi Osinbajo has lauded the gallant efforts of staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company and University Of Maiduguri staff that were ambushed by the dreaded Islamic group called Boko Haram last week.
As at the last count, PoliticsNGR learnt that at least 14 soldiers, 11 civilian joint task force, CJTF, and five staff of the university who were on a mission to explore the Lake Chad Basin Frontier, were killed in the attack and subsequent rescue efforts.
Some of the staff of UNIMAID are still confirmed missing while three of their staff are in the custody of the terrorist group. However, in a statement by the Acting President spokesperson, Laolu Akande on Sunday, Osinbajo stated that Nigerians would never forget their sacrifices for the country and assured that his security forces won’t relent in securing the safe release of the abducted ones.
“Some of these extraordinarily selfless Nigerians from the NNPC and the University Of Maiduguri put their lives on the line that we and generations to come will enjoy the resources of this land. We will never forget that sacrifice
The Acting President also pays tribute to the resilience, courage and bravery of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their gallant endeavours and sacrifices for the peace, security and territorial integrity of the country.
He eulogised the Nigerian soldiers who paid the ultimate price in this mission and others linked to the current insurgency, saying the welfare of their families would be of paramount priorities to the government”, the statement said.