President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and the three other soldiers killed during a clash with the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) members in Borno State.
They were attacked a few kilometers from Askira town in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State while they were on their way to the town where the military and the ISWAP were exchanging gunfire.
The president, who expressed his feelings in a statement issued by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Saturday, in Abuja, noted that the soldiers lost their lives in a very rare display of gallantry as they tried to help their compatriots against terrorists.
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.”