Borno massacre: Military can only defeat Boko Haram with proper funding – HURIWA on killing of farmers

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described as despicable and reprehensible, the gruesome murder of rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.

HURIWA said the latest Boko Haram attack was a wake-up call for improved funding of the Nigerian Army alongside other sister Armed Forces.

The right group said with adequate funding, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies involved in the counter terror war would “clinically decimate, degrade and comprehensively defeat the terrorists and re-establish lasting peace, territorial sanctity and prosperity for the people of the North East of Nigeria.”

A statement by the rights group National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko reads partly: “HURIWA is shocked at the attacks that took place in the past 24 hours in the North East of Nigeria and especially the day light genocide of rural farmers by persons suspected to be members of the Boko haram terrorists. It is a sad day to wake up with the heartrending story of the gruesome decapitation of some Nigerians only because they went in search of foods for their families.”

The frontline advocacy group also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a national mourning day over the massacre in Borno State.

“The story that some 40 people reported ‘slaughtered’ in attack on labourers working in rice fields in Borno state in the country’s northeast, is a monumental disaster which calls for a declaration of national mourning for a day by President Muhammadu Buhari. To read that the assailants on Saturday tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe, near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, is the most saddening piece of news since this year. We in the organised civil society community in Nigeria completely locates the blame on the doorsteps of President Muhammadu Buhari who is actually not providing the needed political leadership to win the war on terror which has lasted far longer than necessary.

“The government is not funding the military as much as it should. The government is not ready even to officially declare Boko haram terrorists as a terror network so their finances are traced but the Central bank of Nigeria is misused to witch-hunt peaceful protesters and the banking accounts of suspected sponsors of the recent peaceful protests against police brutality and the violent killings of Nigerian Citizens were frozen by CBN but the Central bank of Nigeria under the current administration has increasingly failed to trace the funding channels of Boko Haram terrorists and again the justice sector is not willing to prosecute the terrorists because the officials plan to milk Nigeria dry by presenting outrageous bills as budget for the prosecution of terrorists just about the same time that government continuously releases these terrorists arrested back into the society under the pretensions that they are to be deradicalised and reintegrated. The government by releasing terrorists is providing recruitment fertile ground for Boko haram terrorists. Also the government fails to fund the war efforts,” HURIWA added.


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