Killing of 43 Borno farmers sparks fresh call for service chiefs’ sacking

The horrific killing of at least 43 rice farmers at Zabarmari in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State has sparked fresh call for the sacking of the country’s service.

Boko Haram had on Saturday reportedly killed the rice farmers in the village near Maiduguri, the state capital.

The terrorists were reported to have first tied up the farmers, who were working in rice fields, before slitting their throats.

Buhari had in a statement last night through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, condemned the killing by the terrorists as ‘insane’ and ‘senseless’.

But tired of rhetorics, grieving Nigerians have taken to the social media to slam the President and his service chiefs over their collective and repeated failure to secure lives and property in the country.

The concerned persons also insisted that the President sack the service chiefs and rejig the country’s security apparatus.

Salihu Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said it was shameful that nobody has been sacked a day after the tragedy.

The Kano governor’s aide, who tweeted @dawisu, wrote, “If this doesn’t move you to tears, I don’t know what will. 43 souls woke up and went to earn a living, only to be slaughtered like rams. 24 hours later, nobody has been sacked, no major action taken, and in another 24 hours, the outcry will end and we will move on.”

Popular comedian and #EndSARS campaigner, Debo Adebayo also known as Mr Macaroni, tweeted, “We are either being killed by terrorists or by security operatives. Either ways, the country isn’t safe. Where is the government when you need them? Oh I forgot! They are busy oppressing Nigerian youths.”

The Senate had in the past asked the service chiefs to step down following the worsening killings of civilians and soldiers in parts of northern Nigeria.

But the Presidency had disagreed, saying it is the prerogative of the President to appoint and sack the service chiefs.

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