The Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari village, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram, noting that it “raises serious questions around the capability of the nation’s security architecture.”
The governors also described the massacre as morally reprehensible.
The forum, in a statement by Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and its Chairman said the terror attack on the defenceless farmers reflected a loophole in the security of lives and property in the country.
“Since insurgency engulfed the country more than a decade ago, each time it seems like the situation is coming under control, the enemy strikes again. This has happened consistently,” Fayemi said.
He explained that Boko Haram always goes back to the inhuman methods of bombing schools, busy markets, and abattoirs whenever they felt overpowered.
Fayemi promised that the NGF would collectively review those issues at its next meeting to forge the way forward.
He said the vicious attacks will have an adverse effect on the development of everything in the country.
Death Toll Rises
Edward Kallon, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, says the death toll of Zabarmari Massacre has risen to 110.
“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” Kallon said.
He added that “the incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year.”
He called for authorities to join hands together to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Kallon said the UN is worried with the reports that several women were kidnapped and asked for their immediate release.
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