Borno farmers killing raises serious security question – Nigerian Governors

NEWS DIGEST – Nigerian governors, on Sunday, expressed concerns about the security status of the country after Saturday’s killing of rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State.

The farmers, 60 of them, who had left Sokoto in search of work, were attacked by Boko Haram while they were harvesting paddy in rice fields in Zabarmari. Eight were reportedly kidnapped, six injured and 43 slaughtered.

According to the governors, the recent killing brings back “ugly memories of several dastardly attacks on soft targets in the state.”

The concerns of the governors were contained in a release issued by the Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and made available to THE NEWS DIGEST.

The governors noted the frustration at not being able to contain insurgency in the country and how the recent killing questioned the government’s ability to adequately protect the lives and properties of its citizens.

“This sad narrative raises serious question about the security situation in the country and around the capability of the nation’s security architecture.

“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.

“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, ” the release read.

The governors also condemned the killing of the rice farmers, which they judge to be consistent with past reactions of insurgents whenever they feel overpowered by security forces.

“Governors,  under the platform of the  Nigeria  Governors’  Forum  (NGF), view this attack, like many before it, as obnoxious, wicked, unwarranted, and morally reprehensible, ” they said.