The 43 farmers who were beheaded by members of Boko Haram in Borno State has been laid to rest today, Sunday, November 29.
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum led kinsmen and Zabarmari community residents for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by suspected members of Boko Haram.
The tragic incident happened on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area, while the farmers where working in a rice field. However, the victims reportedly lives in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of the state.
A resident told the Governor Zulum during his visit that some farmers are still missing after the massacre.
“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 resident said.
While addressing the community, Zulum expressed his grieve and condolence over the the massacre of the farmers. “First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, 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.
The Governor while speaking to newsmen said, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in 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 Defence 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” he added.