Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum and different officers attend the burial of the victims of slain farmers in Zabarmari space of the state on November 29, 2020. Credit: Borno State Govt
The Northern Elders’ Forum, (NEF) have lamented over the latest homicide of farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents claiming that life has misplaced worth below President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration
The Forum in a press release by way of its spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, lamented that the lives of Nigerians not have worth below the current administration because of the fixed assaults and killings of harmless residents, therefore they need President Buhari to toe the trail of honour and resign for failing to make sure the safety of the Nation.
“Northern Elders Forum (NEF) joins Nigerians in expressing outrage at the killings of farmers in Borno State and many other people on a daily basis in many parts of the North. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.
“Under this administration, life has lost its value, and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security over Nigerians,” the assertion learn partially.
The Northern leaders additionally requested President Buhari to resign if he can’t safe the nation and make sure the safety of lives and property of residents whom he swore to guard.
Highlighting a thread of threats within the Northern a part of the nation to incorporate Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, rustling, and kidnapping, the Northern leaders stated these want quick intervention and resolution.
“In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.
“We have consistently drawn attention to lack of political will to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats such as banditry, rustling, and kidnapping.
“We had offered suggestions on how the security infrastructure could be improved and leadership of the military could be made more effective,” they stated.
The leaders lamented that their recommendation and that of many different Nigerians, “have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The Northern Elders additionally faulted the response of the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu over the Boko Haram killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State, describing his assertion as ‘most insensitive’.
“These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the President. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposed the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.”
The leaders stated, “The killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more difficult to achieve even for leadership that attaches priority to them, and this administration does not.”
According to the Northern Elders, farming communities have been hampered by bandits and kidnappers and the “prospects for famine are real in the face of limited production of food in many of our communities.”