MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Sunday morning, led kinsmen, and residents of Zabarmari still in shocked, for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Zabarmari is a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of the state famous for rice cultivation and local processing. However, the victims were attacked on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area.
The governor at the funeral was informed that the death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.
According to a resident of Zabarmari; “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,” he disclosed.
Addressing the bereaved community, Zulum, sympathized with them, saying the carnage affects all citizens 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,” he assured.
While speaking to Journalists, he said; “It is disheartening that over 40 citizens were slaughtered while were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side 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 youth into the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and 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 youth understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency,” he lamented.