Zabarmari killing: House of Reps suggests compensation for families of slain farmers

Zabarmari killing: House of Reps suggests compensation for families of slain farmers

- The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to have a rethink on war against terrorism

- During a plenary on Tuesday, December 1, the lower chamber suggested that the victims of the Zabarmari attack be compensated

- Addressing his colleagues on the November 28 attack, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the death of the 43 farmers has brought "untold grief ."

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The House of Representatives has suggested that the federal government should compensate the people of Zabarmari over the destruction of their farms and the murder of their beloved.

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the House, made the call during a plenary on Tuesday, December 1, amid continuous reactions trailing the killing of the rice farmers in Borno state on Saturday, November 28, by Boko Haram.

He expressed grief over the casualties, adding that Nigerians in the northeast region "have been and continue to be the first victims of a brutal insurgency."

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According to the senior lawmaker, the unfortunate incident has brought an "untold grief to too many, for far too long."

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House of Reps, during a plenary on Tuesday, said President Buhari must rethink on war against terror. Credit: @HouseNGR.
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"In the towns and villages of the North East, our fellow citizens have been and continue to be the first victims of a brutal insurgency that seeks to destroy our country and remake our world in the image of a discredited idealogy.
"For more than a decade, we have confronted the evil that is Boko Haram. We have not won and do not appear close to winning the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Yes, we have recovered territory and land in places where not so long ago”

The speaker suggested that the Nigerian government must "rethink war on terror", wondering why billions in resources were expended and countless lives are being lost."

He added:

“While we seek lasting solutions to the problems that threaten us, improving the lives of the people who have lost the most from this conflict must be part of our commitment.

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"In the interim, we will consider interventions that compensate the people of #Zabarmari for the loss of their harvest so that they are not so deprived that they return quickly to the killing feeds where already, they have lost so much.”

Gbajabiamila also called for the immediate removal of the service chiefs, saying their tenure is long overdue.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency has described as "out of place" the mounting demands for the sacking of the Nigerian service chiefs over the spate of insecurity in the country.

Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Monday night, November 30, in an interview with Arise TV.

Shehu said the service chiefs "serve at the pleasure of the president" and since President Buhari is satisfied with their performance, the calls for their sack is out of place.

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