National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has described as callous and satanic, the recent killing of rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram Terrorists.
Tinubu made the submission in a condolence message on Wednesday to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum over the wicked act by the insurgents.
Initially, 43 bodies of slain farmers were discovered and buried after the Saturday attack which occured in the Zabarmari community, Jere Local Government of Borno State, but hours later, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force discovered 35 decomposing bodies of victims of the attack, bringing the casualty figure to 78.
Similarly, the Boko Haram group in a video where it claimed responsibility for the attack, put the figure of farmers killed at 78.
Reacting to the incident, Tinubu condemned the action of the terrorists in its entirety, commisserated with those affected and prayed for a quick and safe return of those abducted.
He said in a press statement by his media office: “It is with utmost sorrow and distress that I commiserate with you on the dastardly and inhuman killing of dozens of farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, on Saturday 28th November 2020,” Tinubu said.
“The cold-blooded murder of these innocent citizens, toiling to eke out a living for themselves and their families and provide food security for our nation is not only callous but satanic.
“I recall your strident sacrifices to ensure that millions of displaced Borno residents are resettled in their ancestral homes and return to their various occupations. These efforts have not only helped in increasing agricultural output but have also given joy to the displaced.
“Your Excellency, this unfortunate incident despite your spirited efforts in complementing the efforts of the Federal security forces is a sad reminder that the war against these desperate and blood-thirsty insurgents will require more efforts to win.
“My hope and prayer is that Allah will give you the courage to continue to provide succour to your people even in the face of this rather depressing event.
“My condolences go to the families of the deceased and the entire Borno citizenry. My prayer is that Allah will give comfort them and bring quick recovery to the injured. May he also grant the deceased eternal rest.
“Once again, please accept my heartfelt condolences.”