Amidst disagreements Reps summon Buhari over killing of 43 farmers in Borno, insecurity

The House of Representatives Tuesday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to brief the House on the True State of the Security of the Nation, leading to last weekend killing of 43 farmers in Borno State amidst disagreement by members.

The House also condemned the killing of the unarmed civilian farmers at Zabarmari village Jere Local Government near Maiduguri, in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

These resolutions were reached at plenary following the adoption of a motion titled: “Urgent Need to condemn and investigate the insane killing of unarmed Farmers in Jere Local Government of Borno State is sponsored by members of the House from the State.

Prior to the resolutions, members of the House were sharply divided during debate on the motion with regards to the prayer inviting Buhari to appear before the parliament.

While some members including, the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa were of the opinion that the House leadership should rather meet behind closed doors with the President, hence it was a security issue but most members chanted no.

As the session was becoming rowdy, the Speaker called for an executive session after which all the prayers were taking.

Moving the motion, lead sponsor, Ahmed Satomi expressed pains that more than 43 people were killed in an “insane” and barbaric attack of rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday 28th November 2020.

Satomi said he was troubled that the attackers tied up agricultural labourers working in rice fields and slit their throats in Zabarmari village Jere Local Government near Maiduguri, in Borno State.

The lawmaker said he was: “Disturbed that some of the victims were labourers from other States of the Federation who had travelled to work on the rice farm fields in Borno State.

“Worried that the exact number of people killed in the incident is not yet known as over 44 dead bodies were recovered buried, all of them slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries and many more residents are reported missing.

“Recognize that at the funeral of the victims on Sunday 29th November 2020 the governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, statted that “Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions: in one side, [if] 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.

“More worried by the inability of the Military and Security Forces in averting the continued wanton killings by Book Haram insurgents, bandits, and terrorists in the North East and across the country.

“Aware that President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the senseless killing of several hard-working farmers by terrorists as the entire country is hurt by the dastard.

“Also aware of the urgent need for the President and Commander of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to reorganize the security architecture of the country to end insurgency in the North East, banditry, and all acts of terrorism across the nation”.

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