Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, was at Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere local government area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, today’s morning, November 29, followed by kinsmen and other shocked residents of Zabarmari community for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents.
A resident said, the 43 were were attacked on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area and that the actual death toll was yet to be ascertained.
“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”.
The governor of the state said;
“Please accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage that affects all of us 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 said.
“Our people are in difficult situations. On 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 our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defense so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers.
“We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency”.