The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday, condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of about 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.
Gbajabiamila, who expressed sadness over the killings of the innocent rice farmers, said the incident has once again brought to the fore the need for more military action against the terrorists.
The victims, who lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, known for rice cultivation and local processing, were attacked on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area of the state.
He said it was unfortunate that at a time the country was focusing on self-sufficiency in rice farming, 43 of the farmers were killed in a most gruesome manner.
In a statement by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, the speaker condoled with the families of the killed farmers, the people and government of Borno state over the sad incident.
The speaker said the house is determined and ready to provide all necessary support, including the ongoing budgeting process to ensure that funds are allocated for the security agencies to carry out their mandate of wiping out the terrorists.
He said, “It’s unfortunate that about 43 of our countrymen lost their lives to the barbaric and inhuman action of the insurgents at this time.
“This incident is one too many for us as a country. Here were innocent citizens going about their lives of looking for their daily bread to cater for their families. But are murdered in a most gruesome manner.
“Their lives should not go in vain. This should call for more action from our military. As a House, we are ever ready to give them all the necessary support, especially through budgetary allocation, to deal decisively with the insurgents.
“My heart goes out to the families of the murdered farmers.”