Major General Muhammadu Buhari expressed deep shock at the killing of over 67 soldiers in Niger Republic by some terrorists.
The Herald gathered the attack also led to the disappearance of 34 people in western region of the country.
Buhari, however, vowed that his administration will continue to work closely with neighbouring countries to defeat the roving terrorists creating havoc in the sub region.
The Major General who condemned the act in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, his spokesperson, said: “On behalf of myself, the government and people of Nigeria, I send our deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, the government and the people of Niger Republic following this dastardly attack.
“We offer prayers for the repose of those murdered and for the safe recovery and return of those who are still to be accounted for.”
Meanwhile, The Herald gathered that the Nigerian Army on Thursday decorated 31 promoted Major Generals serving in different formations across the country with their new ranks.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new generals are among the recently promoted senior officers to different ranks by the army authorities.
About 34 brigadier generals and 47 colonels and a number of other senior ranks were recently promoted to the next rank of major general and brigadier general respectively.
While congratulating the newly decorated generals, The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi urged the officers to justify their promotion through dedication and hard work.
Magashi said that the elevation of the generals was well deserved, urging them to be ready to undertake any assignment no matter how daunting it might be.
According to him, the elevation has placed you among your contemporaries saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the Nigerian army.
He said: “You were found worthy and the time has come for you to redouble your effort to justify the confidence reposed in you. As you all know, promotion is a privilege and it is a reward for dedication, hard work, commitment and loyalty to the constituted authorities.
“It means this elevation is in recognition of your hard work, sacrifices you must have made individually and collectively to the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”