- Presidency Reportedly Claims Massacred Farmers Failed to Get Military Clearance
THE Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has stated that the Buhari-led APC government has failed woefully in securing Nigerians following the massacre of scores of farmers by the Boko Haram terrorists on a rice field in Zabarmari, Borno State over the weekend.
The SPN, in a press statement signed by Abiodun Bamigboye, Acting National Chairperson, and Chinedu Bosah, National Secretary, while commiserating families of the deceased, injured and missing farmers who were attacked while working on their rice farms, said the “gory incident is another shocking reminder that aside from its failures in fighting corruption and ending poverty, President Muhammadu Buhari government has equally failed in the fight against insurgency and insecurity.”
According to the SPN, this incident, and many other incidents of attacks on Nigerians, show that almost every part of Nigeria, not just the North-East, has today been turned into a killing field.
SPN stated: “A few years ago, the government had declared Boko Haram “technically defeated”. This horrific massacre just like numerous others has put a lie to this declaration. Even the Governor of Borno State who ought to be the most secured citizen in the State has had his convoy brutally attacked at least on two occasions by the terrorist group with many of his men in the entourage killed or maimed.
“In this situation where the government has completely lost the capacity to protect lives, the people themselves, especially working people, farmers and youth, have to take their destinies in their hands. Hence, the SPN calls for the setting up of independent, democratic and non-sectarian communal defence committees to protect villages, farms and communities from attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and extortion and repression by soldiers.”
The SPN said in the light of the prevailing state of insecurity, it supports the popular call for the replacement of service chiefs.
“Many have called for the sack or replacement of the service chiefs as a solution. While we support the call, for us in the SPN, even if this is done, no serious progress would still be recorded in the fight against insurgency. This is because the problem goes beyond the service chiefs who obviously are corrupt, inept and making billions from the war.
“The government itself being a corrupt capitalist government based on exploitation is unable to aggressively and decisively tackle mass poverty, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to western formal education and opportunities – all conditions which though are prevalent in all parts of the country are however more widespread and endemic in the North East.
“Without ending social and economic inequality as well as state repression, insurgency and insecurity cannot be defeated. Unfortunately, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other bourgeois political parties are not committed to ending social inequality and poverty. Instead, the capitalist philosophy and programmes which the ruling parties stand for, deepens inequality, increases poverty and helps, alongside the unresolved national question, create conditions which drive criminality and insurgency,” SPN stated.
Massacred Farmers Failed to Get Military Clearance
Meanwhile the Presidency has reportedly stated that the farmers were massacred because they did not obtain military clearance before resuming farming activities in the area.
An online newspaper, Kaftan Post, quoted Mallam Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, as telling BBC Newsday that by not obtaining military clearance, the farmers exposed themselves to one of the strongholds of the insurgents yet to be taken over by the military.
“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area? …Did anybody ask to resume activity?” Mallam Shehu reportedly queried, while also adding: “So ideally, all of these places ought to probably be allowed to pass through proper military clearance before resettlement or even farmers resuming activities on those fields.”