President Muhammadu Buhari Warns Against Military Bombing Reoccurrence
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Nigerian Army to ensure that accidental military bombing does not reoccur.
On Tuesday, an accident air strike by the Nigerian military on an IDP camp killed many civilians in Rann, Borno state.
Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, delivered President Buhari’s message when he led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Borno state government.
Among those who paid the visit were the Chief of Staff to the President, Minister of Defence and Minister of Information.
Also present were the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Air Staff.
Mr. Kyari said the visit was initiated by the President, who has condoled with families of victims of the airstrike.
He noted that:
“The president is distressed at the sad mishap and he regrets the incidence.”
Kyari informed that the president is saddened by the mishap coming at this stage of the post-insurgency war.
With the terrorists cowardly hiding in the midst of innocent civilians to attract casualties.
Buhari Warns Against Military Bombing Reoccurence
According to him:
”the government will do all it can to treat the injured and the Army will do all they can to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
He further disclosed that the Federal Government is committed to returning IDPs to their homes and ensuring the restoration of peace in Nigeria.
Speaking on the visit, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima commended the Federal Government for its swift response to the Kalabalge disaster.
He maintained that the “incidence of friendly fire is as old of history of mankind”.
The governor stated that:
“We are not justifying the sad incidence of Kalabalge but we are only going down memory lane to understand that friendly fire is common during conflicts, accounting for 2-7% of deaths in war situations.
“It is gratifying that nobody made efforts to sweep it, hide anything or play the blame game; we appreciate the Army’s sincerity.”