#SackTheServiceChiefs: Nigerians are Boiling Over the Massacre of 43 Farmers as Severe Food Crisis Looms
The current food crisis in Nigeria would get worse following the massacre of 43 rice farmers who were massacred in Maiduguri, Borno State on Saturday, Nov. 28, by a suspected terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The victims were reportedly harvesting their crops at Garin-Kwashebe rice field, about 20km north of Maiduguri, when their assailants invaded the field and slaughtered them one by one, and then destroyed their farmlands.
The Nigerian Army confirmed on Monday, Nov. 30, confirmed that 43 dead bodies of the farmers were accounted for but other reports claimed more people were killed. The United Nations had put the death toll at more than 110, the figure Army spokesman, John Eneche, disputed during an interview on Channels TV this morning.
Farmers abandon farmlands
Reacting to the incident, farmers in the state have indicated that they will boycott their farmlands until there is adequate security of their lives and property, adding that this could plunge the country into a severe food crisis.
A statement released by one of the stakeholders in the Agric sector in the zone, Wal-Wanne Group, said Koila Agro-Allied Nigeria Limited lost most of its farmers in the attack.
Abiso Kabi, Wal-Wanne’s Managing Director said, “About 43 persons have been buried, but we are not sure these are the exact numbers that are dead because some people are still missing.
“We are tired of the situation, just when we thought we had got our farmlands back to support agricultural development and fight hunger in the country, we keep waking up to sad events. We can’t continue to go out to our farmlands and risk being killed by the insurgents.
“We may be facing a severe food security crisis due to the destructive activities of bandits who are not only destroying farms but also killing farmers”.
Nigerians call for President Buhari’s resignation
Nigerians on social media are now demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs in the country as the level of insecurity heightens.
“Buhari must urgently resign from office. The insecurity in Nigeria is too alarming to bear. Buhari and the Service Chiefs must resign before terrorists completely destroy this country.”. a legal practitioner, Tope Akinyode, wrote on Twitter on Monday as the hashtags #SackTheServiceChiefs and #EndNaijaKillings trend on the microblogging site.
Buhari must urgently resign from office. The insecurity in Nigeria is too alarming to bear. Buhari and the Service Chiefs must resign before terrorists completely destroy this country. #BuhariMustGo #SackTheServiceChiefs
— Tope Akinyode (@TopeAkinyode) November 30, 2020
Another user, Tosin Olugbenga, called on the northern indigenes to troop to the streets in protest of the incessant attacks and killings in the zone.
He said, “Dear Arewa People, It is meaningless trending #SecureNorth only on Twitter, this has lingered too long…Occupy the streets across the north protesting. How many more to die? Do something NOW!”
Dear Arewa People,
It is meaningless trending #SecureNorth only on Twitter, this has lingered too long.
Occupy the streets across the north protesting.
How many more to die?
Do something NOW!
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) November 30, 2020
More tweets below:
Buhari is not dat leader who listens to his subjects.
A teacher was beheaded sometimes ago in France and d French president declared nationwide mourning. 43 people were beheaded here, yet d president chose to speak through his media aide.
Nigeria is a scam#SackTheServiceChiefs
— Heritage (@maskilo64) November 30, 2020
The insecurity in Nigeria and the new level of hardship are all indications that Buhari and APC have failed Nigerians, they should do the honorable thing and fuck off !!! Dem just sit down dey collect loans wtf ?! 🤬🇳🇬🤮#SackTheServiceChiefs #BuhariResignNow #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/uiGfffTKvW
— Livingstone 🦍 (@TripleOGLstone) November 30, 2020
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