President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sorrow over the deaths of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other troops in Borno State following a fight with militants of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
They were attacked while on their way to Askira town in the Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, where the military and the ISWAP were exchanging gunfire.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page, President Obama praised the slain soldiers for their bravery, calling their sacrifice as a “rare display of heroism for the country.”
Buhari sent his condolences to the Chief of Staff and families of the deceased military officers.
The statement reads: “I’m extremely saddened to hear of the demise of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice, in a very rare display of gallantry, as they tried to help their compatriots in the war against terrorists.
“Nigeria has lost brave soldiers. I salute their courage. May their souls Rest In Peace. General Zirkusu leaves us sad and devastated. The soldier in him will remain immortal.”
Buhari prayed the Almighty to give the Armed Forces and the bereaved families the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss.