The Nigerian Army while speaking through its Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier- General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Saturday disclosed that the force lost a ‘ gallant senior officer, Brigadier- General Dzarma Zirkusu, and three soldiers’ during gunfire between Soldiers and the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident, President Muhammadu Buhari saluted the courage of the deceased Army personnel, stressed that the hero in General Zirkusu will remain immortal.
This Day reported that Mr. President sent his condolence message to the Army, families of the deceased, and Nigerians in a statement released by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu.
He said, ” Nigeria has lost brave soldiers and I salute their courage.
” May their souls Rest In Peace. General Zirkusu leaves us sad and devastated. The soldier in him will remain immortal, ”
” I pray to the Almighty to give you and the bereaved families the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss, ” the statement added.
In the same vein, the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, also mourned the slain officers, stressed that he saluted the sacrifices of the Soldiers killed by the insurgents and that the Borno people will never forget them.
Zulum in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, further urged the troops to double their efforts in the fight against insurgency.
He said, ” We must always affirm our fates in our armed forces, while the armed forces must remain up and doing. We must always recognise what we already know, that insurgents are always plotting with the elements of surprise. Our troops must redouble efforts to be ahead of insurgents. I salute our troops for the resistance put up today.
” I salute troops who mobilized to provide reinforcement. I salute the sacrifices of some officers and men we lost today and share the grieves of the immediate families and the Nigerian military. We thank these fallen heroes for their supreme sacrifices to the Nigerian nation. The people of Borno will remain forever grateful to them and all fallen heroes, and will remain fully supported by gallant troops currently operating in front lines, ” he added.