Buhari expresses sadness over deaths of dozens of Nigerian soldiers in Niger State

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Nigeria’s former President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the deaths of many soldiers who were ambushed and a helicopter crash in Niger State.

Mr Buhari said on Saturday, in a statement via his aide, Garba Shehu, “I am saddened by the helicopter accident following the tragic ambush in which we have lost our brave army personnel,”

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest.”

Buhari also sent his condolences to President Bola Tinubu, the Federation Armed Forces, and the fallen soldiers’ families.

“With the soldier-discipline in our troops, it is a matter of time before they overcome,” the former president added.

On Thursday, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) disclosed that 36 officers were ambushed and killed in Niger State and the helicopter that crashed last Monday.

The soldiers were ambushed in the Zungeru area of the state by some insurgents.

On Monday, a Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on an evacuation mission crashed in the Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said an investigation is still ongoing; however, he advised citizens to be wary of propaganda by terrorists and remain patriotic.

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