By Chinenye Festus:-
The Nigerian Governors’s Forum in a statement signed by its Chairman and the governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi described the Killing of over 40 rice farmers in Borno State as callous, wicked, and unwarranted.
The forum said the atrocious attack is morally reprehensible as it brings to heart memories of such deadly attacks that have been going on in that state and which are targeted at unarmed citizens. The statement reads in part :
“The farmers were attacked while harvesting their produce totally oblivious of the danger that awaits them in nearby bushes. This method is consistent with the senseless bombings of busy markets, bus stations, schools, and abattoirs whenever the terrorists feel overpowered by the security operatives or feel their backs against the wall.
“Governors, under the platform of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), view this attack, like many before it, as obnoxious, wicked, unwarranted, and morally reprehensible,”
“Since insurgency engulfed the country more than a decade ago, each time it seems like the situation is coming under control, the enemy strikes again. This has happened consistently.”
The NGF noted that the constant attack on lives and properties raises the question of the general security situation in the country, it also shows the lapses in the system and the need to address the decline in the security system before it degenerates beyond repair.
The forum expressed its worry over the destruction and killings which seems to be deteriorating on a daily basis and the adverse effect which it has on everything in both the State country at large.
The governors, therefore, vowed to review this issue as a matter of urgency in their next meeting in order to know the way forward and find a lasting solution to these problems.
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