William Attah, Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has described the gruesome killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State as barbaric, inhuman and regrettable.
The Governor in a condolence message to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, Families of the slain rice farmers and people of Borno State, called for more concerted efforts in dealing with the hydra headed monster of terrorism.
The Governor in statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Ismaila Uba Misilli, lamented the brutal murder of the farming community in Zabarmari, famous for rice cultivation in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Governor said the brutal attack was coming at a time Governors of the North East under the leadership of Professor Babagana Zulum were stepping up regional collaboration and intensifying campaign for improved and sustainable peace and security in the sub-region to safeguard the lives of the people and facilitate smooth return of internally displaced persons back to their ancestral homes.
According to Governor Inuwa, gains had been recorded in the fight against terrorism in the North East with thousands of IDPs already being resettled, more measures need to be taken, including deployment of more technology, equipment and troops as well as intelligence gathering to guarantee safety and security.
He said, “This dastardly attack on innocent farmers further proves that these terrorists are totally heartless, inhuman, and have no regard for life”.
He however encouraged Nigerians and the military personnel as well as all the security agencies on the war front not to despair or succumb to insurgents, even as he called for more concerted efforts in dealing with the hydra- headed monster.
“It is imperative that our security agencies step up their operations and consign these attacks by Boko Haram to the past.
“Borno state and indeed the entire North-East is in difficult situation at the moment and in dire need of all the help and support to overcome the challenges at hand.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Gombe state, we convey our sincere condolences to the people and government of Borno state as well as the families of the slain farmers. We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and quick recovery for the injured ones”, the statement reads.