43 Slaughtered Farmers Buried Amidst Tears, as Zulum Calls for Inclusion of CJTF in Agro-Rangers
Kinsmen of the 43 farmers slaughtered by terrorists on Saturday cry ceaselessly as Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, participated early Sunday morning in their burial rites at Zabarmari.
Further information given to Nigerian Sketch reveled that though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere local government area, which is famous for rice cultivation and processing, they were attacked on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa local government area.
Zulum spoke to the community: “First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage. Once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”
While speaking to journalists afterwards, he said, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands.
“Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions. On one side, if they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation. On the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents.
“This is very sad. We are still appealing to the federal government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers.
“We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency” Zulum said.
The governor was told after the burials that the actual death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.
“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” a resident told the governor.