It could be recalled that oyogist.com earlier reported what Garba Shehu said on the issue of slaughtered farmers in Maiduguri.
Some Nigerians on Monday lambasted the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that the farmers who were killed by Boko Haram didn’t obtain military clearance before getting to the farm.
Shehu who made this discuss Monday in an interview with BBC stated that the “government is gloomy that this tragic incident went on .
43 or thereabout of innocent farmworkers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People got to know what it’s like within the Lake Chad Basin area”.
According to him, although much of these areas are liberated from Boko Haram terrorists, there are variety of spaces that haven’t been cleared for the return of villagers who are displaced.
He said “Much of these areas are liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are variety of spaces that haven’t been cleared for the return of villagers who are displaced. So, ideally, all of those places need to pass the test of military clearances before farmers or settlers resume activities on those fields.”
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Asked if he was blaming the farmers, he said “Not exactly, but the reality has got to be said. Is there any clearance by the military which is in total control of these areas? Did anybody ask to resume activities? I even have been told by the military leaders that they need not been so advised.”
“The military isn’t present on every inch of space therein area,” he said, adding: “Even if the people are able to return , a number of these areas are mined and mine clearance has got to be administered first.”
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