President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers killed by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno.
The Nigerian Army had on Saturday announced the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, the Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade and three soldiers during fire exchange with ISWAP fighters in Askira Uba Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari expressed shock over the incident, but lauded the gallantry of the victims.
According to him, they paid the supreme price in the insurgency war.
He noted that the loss has left the nation and the Nigerian Army in a sad state, especially as the nation battles terrorism in the North-East region.
“President Muhammadu Buhari says he is extremely saddened to hear about 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,” the statement read.
“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.”