By Lawrence Audu
In response to the drone attacks which affected a civilian settlement at Tudun Biri community in Kaduna state, President Bola Ahmed has swiftly dispatched a high-level delegation to convey heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Kaduna State.
Led by the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Matawalle, the delegation met with Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe, members of Kaduna state security committee, and religious leaders to express solidarity and empathy during this challenging time.
Addressing the media at the Government House Kaduna, Minister Matawalle emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to determine the facts surrounding the incident. He assured the public that the findings would be transparently communicated, reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to preventing future occurrences.
The Minister appealed for cooperation, calm, and continued support for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
Dr Bello Matawalle extended prayers for the souls of the departed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He urged religious leaders to enlighten their followers, emphasizing that the incident was an operational error deeply regretted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, which remains unwavering in its mandate to secure every part of the country.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the prompt delegation visit. She highlighted the state government’s continuous engagement with the affected community and religious leaders to maintain peace and mitigate tensions.
The delegation also visited the Kaduna Nursing Home to extend well-wishes to the wounded. Among the delegation were Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence; General Christopher Gwabin Musa, Chief of Defence Staff; Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff, and other distinguished members.