OrderPaperToday – The Senate Minority Caucus on Monday described the Zabarmari massacre – a gruesome killings of rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents – as an embarrassment to the country.
On Sunday, 43 farmers according to the military were confirmed killed during the onslaught.
But Edward Kallon, the United Nation’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said at least 110 farmers in northeastern Nigeria were killed.
In a statement by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, signed by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, the caucus expressed sadness that the harvest season has been turned into a mourning season.
Abaribe said: “We are horrified that our people, particularly the farmers who are toiling tirelessly to sustain the nation’s food security have always become the target of the insurgents,” describing the Zabarmari massacre as “so horrendous and mind-wrenching and of course the unmindful slaughter of our people in such dastardly manner is becoming one too many.
“It’s embarrassing to the country and calls to question the government’s strategy and capacity to tame the rising wave of insurgency and banditry ravaging a large swath of our dear nation, particularly in the northern region”.
The caucus stated that “it is no longer enough for the presidency to always issue tepid statements by condemning attacks and daily killing of our citizens, saying now is the time to take decisive action and review it’s strategy since it seems the current one has failed woefully.”
The government was urged to up the ante in the fight against the frightening insecurity occasioned by the resurging Boko Haram insurgents, banditry and kidnapping all over the country.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, led a Federal Government delegation on condolence visit to Borno on Monday.
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