On Saturday, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari broke the week-long silence surrounding the death of approximately 100 soldiers related to clashes with insurgents, in the northeast state of Borno.
“Immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all,” according to an official statement emitted by the presidency.
The attack, which killed the soldiers, took place at a military base on Nov.18, in Borno, a place where Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) concentrate their activities.
ISWA has been attributed blame for the attack which killed the soldiers, according to Reuters.
The issue of defeating Boko Haram has been one which, Buhari, the retired military general, campaigned to win the presidency in 2015.
The attacks raise the issue of security to the center-front of the upcoming, February 2019, presidential and parliamentary elections.
Currently, the death toll is the highest of any year since 2015, according to the same source.
Buhari will face off with his main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, who recently stoked the fire regarding the security issue, criticizing the incumbent’s security record, as well as the military.