This is yet another black day for Nigeria and indeed Northern part of the country as members of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram killed scores of farmers, as many as 45 of them in Zamarmari area of Jere local government area of Borno state.
These farmers were gruesomely murdered at Kwashabe Village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
One of the farmers, Nasiru Usman, who was lucky to escape during the attack was the one who spread the news into town. According to him, seven farmers were abducted by the terrorists.
In Usman’s report, trouble started when a terrorist approached the farmers and made a request for food and unknown to them, there were many more terrorists who had laid an ambush.
The farmers seized his gun and tied him up when other members of the group stormed into the scene and began shooting sporadically while some farmers were able to escape.
At 11 am, the terrorists declared blanket killings against all the farmers which resulted in seven being abducted.
The Joint Task Force (JTF) has succeeded in recovering up to 45 dead bodies while a continued search for more bodies is in place. It has not been ascertained how many people are missing or dead yet as at the time of filing this report.
Some of the farmers may have died as a result of multiple gunshots as several wounds were seen on the bodies of the deceased farmers, according to a source who helped in the recovery of the bodies.
This is yet another dent on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who made lots of promises during his campaign of which eliminating terrorism within a few months into office was one of his campaign promises.
The killings in the North is becoming normal that most of them don’t even make headlines anymore as people have come to accept their fate. From Boko Haram, to ISWAP, Fulani killer herdsmen and bandits, all have contributed in making the Northern part of Nigeria unhabitable and a major spot from where terrorism is exported to other parts of the country.
Many Nigerians have condemned the killing including Adamu Garba who wrote on his official Twitter page
“If 43 people will be slaughtered in cold blood, like chickens, on their farms lands, in Jere, Maiduguri, & yet no one in the top echelon of Nigerian security is held accountable, then we are all in deep trouble, I tell you.
This can not be normalized. Someone has to pay for it.”
Because Adamu alongside other members of APC and the Nigerian Presidency cabinet, denies the shooting in Lekki Toll Gate, Nigerians have trolled his tweet to attack him and accuse him of being part of the problem.
Recall that severally, many terrorists who claimed repentant has been given amnesty, trained, given jobs and integrated back into the society. However, some of these so-called repentant terrorists have been acting as informants to Boko Haram.
Also, recall that six Nigerians were convicted in UAE over the funding of Boko Haram and a yet to be known Nigerian government official got indicted.
This leaves us with a very deep question. What is the stake of Northern elites in Boko Haram and other terrorist groups operating in the North and some parts of West Africa? Why does it seem easy to send military actions against defenceless people but grant amnesty to terrorists who have left scores of people homeless, dead and hopeless?