- In the spirit of party leadership, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday, December 14, paid a condolence visit to Governor Babagana Zulum
- During the visit which was triggered by the recent killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno, the APC national leader charged the Nigerian military to change strategy
- Tinubu said the Zabarmari massacre is not Islam or Christianity, and prayed to God to protect the governor and the people of Borno state
Bola Ahmed Tinubu has paid a condolence visit to Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, Borno state capital following the recent Boko Haram attack that led to the death of 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari community.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader visited on Monday, December 14, and submitted that Nigeria must employ a "more tactical" approach in the fight against terrorism.
Tinubu, who noted that Boko Haram and other insurgent groups are common enemies, emphasised on the need for the Nigerian military to change its strategy.
The former Lagos governor also expressed concern on the recent insurgents' attack on Governor Zulum and prayed that God will grant him protection from "evildoers."
On Zabarmari massacre, the APC chieftain commended the governor for taking a front lead, adding that it is difficult for governance to excel when insurgency thrives.
“In such a situation (of a terrorist attack) what we do is to replan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life has been attacked more than one occasion in effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty, he has protected and will continue to protect you.
“It is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness. I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit not as a condolence only, not a sympathy only, but as solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evil doers.”
Meanwhile, 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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