Monday, November 30, 2020 12:40 pm
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said Saturday’s killing of over 40 rice farmers in Borno brought back ugly memories of several dastardly attacks on soft targets in the state.
The forum said this in a statement by its Chairman and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday while condemning the killing of the farmers in Garin Kwashebe, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
Fayemi, described the attack as morally reprehensible while noting that the farmers were attacked while harvesting their produce totally oblivious of the danger that awaits them in nearby bushes.
He said that the method was consistent with the senseless bombings of busy markets, bus stations, schools and abattoirs whenever the terrorists felt overpowered by the security operatives.
“This sad narrative raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country and around the capability of the nation’s security architecture.
“It also raises questions on whether or not there are adequate arrangements to protect lives and property.
“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.”
Fayemi said that the governors were concerned that the carnage was degenerating beyond explicable limits.
He said that the catalogue of destruction had an adverse effect on everything in the state and the country at large.”
Fayemi said that the NGF would collectively review those issues at its next meeting to forge the way forward.