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Gov Bala Denounces ‘ZABARMARI’ Massacre In Borno State

By Idris Khalid

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has denounced in strongest term the recent blood-chilling, barbaric and horrendous killing of Zabarmai people at Koshebe village of Jere Local Government Area of Borno state by Boko Haram insurgents.

The Governor in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Comrade Mukhtar Gidado described the dasradly act as a challenge to our national resolve and capacity to guarantee the safety of lives and property of both Nigerian citizens and residents.

“We feel the pains of the inhabitants of this breadbasket that has been turned into a killing field. It is indeed a painful irony that the farmers were slaughtered while engaging in the legitimate effort not only to feed their families but to contribute to national development. It is indeed one massacre too many”, the governor said.

“Though the victims lived in Zabarmari town, the attack, no doubt the most horrendous in recent times, was said to have taken place at Koshebe Village of Jere Local Government Area, about twenty-five minutes’ drive from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital”.

He recalled the spectacle of Governor Babagana Zulum at the funeral of the 43 recovered victims with the awestricken people watching in anguish, describing it as a constant reminder that eternal vigilance is the price people have to pay for their freedom.

The Governor stated, “Our hearts go out to the traumatised families of the victims and the Government and good people of Borno State. We also commiserate with the President and Commander-in-Chief who, despite all efforts so far, has had to carry the brunt of this senseless insurgency that has dislocated life in North East Nigeria with a Domino-like effect on the entire country”.

Bala said however that is not a time for blame game or name calling but rather a moment for sober reflection and closing of ranks by the political and military elite, as well as other stakeholders to work out a solution to this protracted destabilising insurgency.

The Bauchi Chief Executive explained that the security challenges plaguing the country called for a complete overhaul of the prevailing national security architecture so that the gaps in intelligence gathering, human capacity and firepower can be sufficiently ameliorated.

Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed condoles with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and the Government and people of Borno State, particularly the Zabarmari constituency who lost loved ones in this show of shame.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims of the “Zabarmari” massacre and entrusted members of the bereaved families to God’s protection and succour.

“More than ever before, the world is aghast at the sheer bestiality visited on these hapless citizens and the psyche of Nigerians; prompting the United Nations to issue a very emotional riposte to the incident”, Bala concluded.

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