Borno massacre: ACF, PDP, others attack Federal Govt, Presidency offers excuses, blames farmers

The Federal Government on Monday gave three different reasons why Boko Haram insurgents succeeded in attacking Kwashebe village in Borno State on Saturday and killing no fewer than 110 rice farmers.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, in an interview with Channels Television, blamed some residents of the North-East for sabotaging the war against insurgents.

While the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an interview with the BBC said the rice farmers did not get military clearance before going to their farms, where they were killed by the insurgents.

In Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Boko Haram remained undefeated because Nigeria was denied access to adequate weapons to fight terrorists.

Organisations such as the pan-northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, faulted government’s explanations and advised it to tackle insurgency.

The spokesman for the pan-Northern socio-political organisation, the ACF, Mr Emmanuel Yawe, in an interview with newsmen, argued that the excuse from authorities was an indication that “there is something wrong somewhere.”

On its part, the PDP berated Buhari’s regime for allegedly blaming the murdered Borno rice farmers.

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