Borno attacks: Boko Haram days are numbered— Buhari

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Borno attacks: Boko Haram days are numbered— Buhari 

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has commiserated with the family of victims of attacks at Auno village, along Damaturu–Maiduguri Road, assuring them that his regime will continually frustrate the devilish operations of Boko Haram, and bring it to an end.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, Buhari condemned the “murderous and cowardly” attack on innocent passengers by the Boko Haram terrorists near Maiduguri.

During that attack, about 30 people were killed, while many women and children were abducted.

According to the retired general, his regime is determined to frustrate their goal to hold Nigeria to ransom.

He said, “The commitment of this administration to protect the lives of Nigerians will not be derailed by the cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists.”

The president, who also condoled with Borno State Government over the attacks, warned that ”terrorists are clearly on a back foot and their days are numbered”.

He added, “As our armed forces continue to receive more hardware and intelligence to counter our current security challenges, the remnants of Boko Haram will ultimately be crushed.

”The peculiar challenges of asymmetric warfare notwithstanding, our Armed Forces are ever determined to defeat these enemies of humanity.”

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Auno attacks, which took place at about 9.45 pm on Sunday, claimed the lives of innocent travellers, whose vehicles on the convoy were attacked and burnt by the Boko Haram insurgents.

NAN reports that the video clips on the attacks showing burnt human bodies and vehicles went viral on social media on Monday.

Some top names in civil activism have joined the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, at the Federal High Court in Abuja to solidarise with Sahara Reporters publisher, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who is being prosecuted for organising a nationwide protest tagged #RevolutionNow.

Soyinka arrived the court ahead of the proceedings scheduled to commence 9 am on Wednesday.

Others including a former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani later joined him.

Sani, an activist, who exchanged banters with the playwright, later took a seat behind him.

A former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, and another activist, Deji Adeyanju, later arrived.

The court had yet to commence sitting as of the time of filing this report at 9.44 am on Wednesday.

The Department of State Servicse had in August 2019 arrested Sowore and his codefendant, Olawale Bakare, in respect of the protest.

They were subsequently charged with a treasonable felony for allegedly planning to topple the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, among other counts including abusing the President.

They were held in custody for over four months until mounting domestic and international pressure forced the government to release them in December.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had fixed Tuesday for the commencement of trial but had to adjourn till Wednesday due to her official assignment elsewhere.

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