Angry northern youths under the umbrella of Youths Progressive Alliance (northern zone) have reacted to comments made by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu who was quoted to possess said the 43 rice farmers who died at the hands of Boko Haram in Borno state didn’t get security clearance to travel to their farms.
In a news conference held yesterday in Bauchi, Coordinator of the group, Barr. Hussaini Saraki lamented that the presidential spokesman lacked sympathy for the 43 dead victims of Boko Haram who died as a results of government’s failure to guard them.
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“How could he say that, was it not an equivalent government that said people can set about their businesses because government was in control? Why is he blaming innocent dead people whose only crime was trying to find what to eat from the very farms they cultivated? i feel there’s something wrong together with his head. He should apologize to the families of the 43 deceased victims.
“It is that the primary responsibility of state to guard their citizen as contained in Section 14 subsection 2(b) of the 1999 constitution. The killing of the innocent people within the North must be stopped, the govt should find a way however possible to bring an end to those senseless killings. We are sad about the gruesome and merciless killing of promising Nigerians in Zabarmari Town of Jere government Area of Borno State,’ he said on the group’s behalf.
The youths flayed northern leaders over acclaimed silence while also urging President Buhari to implement the recommendations of Borno state governor by recruiting youths from the state into the military.
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