Following the killing of 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar said it is worried that bandits now rule in many communities.
According to the Secretary-General, JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the bandits now set rules that must be obeyed. He also said that it is troubling because if one stays at home, how will the person get food to eat.
His statement reads, “Unfortunately, the common man is caught in-between two contending phenomenon; when he goes to the farm, he gets killed and when he stays at home he dies of hunger. It should be known that this singular act of Zabarmari was a calculated attempt to instill fears among farmers and jeopardize the frantic efforts of returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their localities by the Borno state government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umar Zulum.”
“JNI identifies with the government and people of Borno State, over the gruesome massacre of innocent rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government, which was the height of bloodletting ever committed in recent history. 43 human beings as reported by the media were slaughtered without any intervention by the security forces in the area. The senseless act stand condemned in the strongest of terms.”
“Wanton killings, acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, high rate of unemployment amongst the youths, rape and all forms of terrorism have now become the new trend in our communities. Nigerians have become so much terrified, as nowhere is safe; the home, the farms and the roads.”
While condoling with the people and government of Borno State, he urged the leaders to visit the affected communities.
He commended the Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, for his effort in the fight against terrorism and banditry in the State.
He urged the federal government to rise up to its responsibilities in the area of security, adding that the government only talks and never match their words with action.
He also urged the government to support the affected communities, as many are now internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their own land.
“Muslims should eschew all forms of disobedience to Allah (SWT), repent and go back to the ways of the Lord of the universe, while Imams must not relent, to recommence the Qunootun-Nawazil (special prayers at calamitous periods in the last Raka’at of each obligatory prayer and non-obligatory prayers), seeking Allah’s intervention for an end to these repeated sad pogroms, “he added.