Zabarmari massacre: Governors lament killing of rice farmers in Borno

Zabarmari massacre: Governors lament killing of rice farmers in Borno

- Nigerian Governors Forum has described as wicked the killing of 43 farmers in Zabarmari village

- Speaking through their leader, Governor Kayode Fayemi, the forum noted that the attack raised a question on the general security of the country

- Governor Fayemi said the 36 state governors will review the issue in their next meeting

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All the 36 state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) have expressed grief over the killing of 43 farmers in Borno state on Saturday, November 28.

In a statement released on Sunday, November 29, by the chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode John Fayemi of Ekiti state, the atrocity, which was carried out by suspected weapon-wielding Boko Haram insurgents, was described as "wicked, unwarranted, and morally reprehensible."

Fayemi who noted with distress that the killing "raises serious questions on the general security situation" questioned if there is an adequate arrangement to protect the lives of Nigerians living in vulnerable communities.

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According to the governor, the consistent attacks by Boko Haram terrorists usually come whenever the situation seems to be under control.

Governors describe killing of Rice Farmers in Borno as obnoxious, wicked
Governor Kayode Fayemi-led NGF describes the killing of farmers in Borno as obnoxious, wicked. Credit: @kfayemi
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He lamented that the modus operandi adopted for the Zabarmari massacre by the terrorists is similar to the one they often use whenever they want to attack markets, bus stations, schools and abattoirs.

"Governors are concerned that the carnage is degenerating beyond explicable limits, yet again, and the catalogue of destruction is not only seeming to be endless and intractable but it has an adverse effect on everything in the state and the country at large.
“Finally, the NGF will collectively review these issues at our next meeting to forge the way forward.”

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Meanwhile, reported that in the wake of national grief, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed sadness and worry over the gruesome massacre of 43 farmers.

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The opposition party condemned the latest attack in the strongest terms and described it as extremely wicked and devilish.

PDP also said the attack has proven the present administration's failure to tackle the security threat and challenges posed against the country by Boko Haram, kidnappers and bandits, adding that "the ship of state continues to drift" under Muhammadu Buhari.

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