Jama’atu-Nasril-Islam Says Buhari Lacks Sympathy for Victims of Boko Haram Killings
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has said the federal government in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari lacks sympathy for Nigerians who fall victim to the killings perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorist, asking government to stop paying lip service to security matters.
The JNI in a statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday by its secretary-general, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, categorically said “nowhere is safe in the country now”, noting that what Nigerians expected from the government was actions against insecurity and not mere condemnation of attacks.
The statement which was titled, ‘Press Release: Requiem for Zabarmari’ called on the federal government “to rise up to its responsibilities and do well beyond the traditional condemnation, as lip service(s) on security matters should stop. Nigerians are desperately yearning for concrete actions.”
JNI said Saturday’s killing of over 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents at Zabarmari village, Jere local government area of Borno without intervention of security forces was condemnable.
It noted that with wanton killings occasioned by acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom and other related crimes, Nigerians had been so terrified as nowhere was safe for them.
The group also condemned the federal government’s lack of sympathy for victims of the attack, noting that a prompt visit to the area would assuage the feelings of the affected communities.
The JNI statement read in part: “Forty-three human beings as reported by the media were slaughtered without any intervention by the security forces in the area. The senseless act stands condemned in the strongest of terms.
“Wanton killings, acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, high rate of unemployment among the youths, rape and all forms of terrorism have now become the new trend in our communities.
“Nigerians have become so much terrified, as nowhere is safe; the home, the farms and the roads. Bandits now rule in many communities; they set rules that must be obeyed.”
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