Killing of 43 farmers: Buhari must rejig security architecture now, says Atiku

Buhari and Atiku Abubakar

By Kazeem Ugbodaga 

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said the rejig of the nation’s security architecture by President Muhammadu Buhari is long overdue following slaughtering of 43 farmers by Boko Haram in Borno on Saturday.

The farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government area of Borno were on Saturday slaughtered by the insurgents.

They were reportedly tied with their throats slit by the wicked insurgents.

Atiku, in a tweet said the killing of the farmers was heartbreaking, saying words failed him over the dastardly act.

He lamented that the lives of citizens should be worth more than this.

“Heartbreaking. Words fail me. The lives of our citizens should be worth much more than this. The rejig of the nation’s security architecture is long overdue.

“May their souls rest in peace and may their families be comforted,” he said.

Reacting to the development on Saturday, Buhari said the killing of the farmers by Boko Haram was insane.

He condemned the killing, saying the entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.Buhari said his government has given the necessary support to the military to protect the country’s population and territory.

”I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.

“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls Rest In Peace,” he said.

Boko Haram terrorists had on Saturday slaughtered 43 farm workers near Maiduguri, Borno.

Leader of Anti-jihadist militias told Babakura Kolo AFP on Saturday that the group has recovered 43 bodies, all of them slaughtered, with six others injured.

“It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers,” he said.

Also, Reuters, citing a village leader, a local fighter with the Zamarmari group and a police source, also reported the attack, putting the death toll to at least 40 people.

A search by the authorities for the attackers has been launched, it added.

The victims were labourers from Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria, roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, who had travelled to the northeast to find work, said another militiaman Ibrahim Liman who gave the same toll.

“There were 60 farmers who were contracted to harvest paddy in the rice fields. Forty-three were slaughtered, with six injured,” Liman told AFP.

Eight others were missing, presumed to have been kidnapped by the jihadists, he said.

The bodies were taken to Zabarmari village, two kilometres away, where they would be kept ahead of burial on Sunday, said resident Mala Bunu who took part in the search and rescue operation.

 

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  • Atiku is not a stateman. He talks like Street man. He does not even think before talking. He does not even know half of what GMB and now PMB knows about security and yet keep making noise about security. Meanwhile he was the one who started this nonsense with political thurgs. Now it has over powered them.
    I just hate hearing Atiku tall. He has nothing in his head. He reacts to serious issues like kids.
    I have never seen a very intelligent reaction from him. He does not even analyse anything. Yet he wants to rule me. Idiot

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  • Atiku, who do you think you're, you're no more important, all this problem started from you and Obasanjo, you think you are important, No! you not! you pay two hundred and fifty million naira to pay for fake election results, from fake server in Kenya, you are still talking and you are not even a Nigerian, you come from Joda to come and steal Nigeria wealth, this Peter Obi brother Jasper Njoku, he failed out from University of Nigeria, Nnsuka and ran to Colorado, USA, talking to President Buhari, anyway I don;t blame you. did you not contest as student union president, what happen? I live you with the answer, PMB still the best among African leaders, you can't beat that record bro! PMB blocked all looting holes, that's problem for Atiku,
    Atiku have you heard or you want me to tell you, your friend Trump come rain or sunshine he will kiss good bye to WHITE HOUSE come January 20th 2021 @ 12.01 noon. wa gbele gbo Atiku oni iyawo mefa. come to talk of it who would have been the first lady Titi or Dubai one million dollars dowry? Alhaji tell us we're interested, o m se o!

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    • Are you sane at all?

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    • @Oloko or Oloye , are you stupid ot an Idiot?. We are talking about innocent people killed by your Boko Haram and you are chasing the shadows. I am not a fan of any politician Atiku included but he has the gut to speak up. Where is Tinunbu Liar Mohammed, Aregbesola and all the Buhari supporters who said he can change the moon. It's been 6 to 7 years and Nigeria is the world capital of poverty and the most unstable black country under the sun. 90 percent of your people are jobless, diseases and prostitution every where and you have the effrontery to say crap. Your country will not progress until you stop glorifying mediocrity and incompetence.

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  • Buhari doesn't know what he is doing.

    What a waste of political space. What a political baggage.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

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