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‘Sadly! we lost brave men,’ Buhari mourns death of soldiers in Niger helicopter crash

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. The two leaders are scheduled to discuss a range of bilateral issues and hold a joint press conference later in the day. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President Muhammadu Buhari also expressed his grief over the death of men of the Armed Forces in Niger state.

Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement signed his media aide, Garba Shehu, released via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

He expressed anguish over the death of several soldiers killed in an ambush and a subsequent helicopter crash in Niger State.

The former president stated, “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,” he added.

Buhari also expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to President Bola Tinubu, the Armed Forces of the Federation and the families of the deceased.

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


Former President @MBuhari has expressed his anguish over the death of several soldiers who were killed in an ambush, and a subsequent helicopter crash in Niger State.

“I am saddened by the helicopter…

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 19, 2023.

Recall that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday confirmed the death of 36 officers in the ambush of troops in Niger State and an evacuation helicopter that crashed last Monday.

Insurgents had ambushed troops in the Zungeru area of the state and some gallant troops of the Nigerian Army paid the supreme price.

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

According to the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, while an investigation is still underway to determine the cause, citizens should be wary of propaganda by terrorists and remain patriotic.


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