Nigerians voiced their exhaustion with the perceived inactiveness of President Muhammadu Buhari, following reports that Boko Haram bandits had attacked a United Nations aid helicopter in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria.
Details of the story suggest that the Boko Haram bandits had attacked using surface-to-air missiles on Thursday in Damasak, Borno State, killing two individuals; reportedly including a five-year-old child.
Boko Haram Terrorists Attack UN Helicopter, Kill Five-year-old Child, Others | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/dQsuCXg78i
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 5, 2020
In a statement by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, it was revealed that the attack took place on the ground resulting in the two fatalities and several others injured. Reports present that the UN Mission House in Maiduguri, Borno State has suspended its air missions in the unsettled North-East for at least one week.
Nigerians directed their rage and anger towards the incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari, upon hearing the news, declaring that he was allowing the insurgent group to carry out sinister activities unperturbed.
Many stated that they were used to the president’s tactics, and they are well aware it would yield nothing in the way of a solution. They claimed the president would initially exhibit “shock” at the incidence and give ineffective commands for army officials to “fish out bandits”.
@EjioforBar Buhari expesses shock over Boko Haram attack @UN Helicopter.
My question is simple, When will '"BUHARI" or better still "PRESIDENCY"' stop expressing shock, over daily unabated bloody onslaught of Boko haram terrorist, bloody sucking Bandits,…+2
— bar ifeanyi ejiofor (@EjioforBar) July 5, 2020
Expressing shock is the only thing he is good at doing! No Action!
We do not have a Commander-In-Chief!
— PDP 2023!! 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 (@PDP_2023) July 4, 2020
Tomorrow, President @MBuhari will "give marching orders" to the military high command to "fish out the bandits" that attacked the @UN helicopter. He will express his shock, & issue an impotent ultimatum to Boko Haram to "surrender or face annihilation". Been there, Done that.
— Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (@BOGbadamosi) July 4, 2020
Some raised the issue of rehabilitating the insurgents and pointed out that it could be the so-called rehabilitated bandits creating havoc in the society again. They mocked the adoption of the incentive, stating that it is leading to more harm than good.
Now that rehabilitated criminals who used to answer to bokoharam or iswap have downed a @UN chopper with probably some of their staff onboard let’s see what the @UN has to say about them. The UN has always paid lip service to african crisis, the chicken has come home to roost
— Dr Grey (@DoktoGrey) July 5, 2020
With this that bokoharam shit UN chopper, months later amnesty will be given to repentant bokoharam… Buhari
— Big Jay💯 (@BeigJawnson101) July 5, 2020
Upon confirmation of the attacks, Edward Kallon has condemned the event and has called on the Federal Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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