By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
THE National Association of Seadogs, NAS (Pyrates Confraternity), has joined Nigerians from different strata, demanding the sack of Service Chiefs over the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents at Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje, in statement titled, “Terrorists Massacre of 43 Zabarmari Rice Farmers”, described the incident as “shocking and saddening”.
According to him, “The latest in a seemingly endless cycle of murders in the northeast especially, and in other parts of Nigeria, represents one of the most barbaric mass executions since the beginning of the insurgency”
“The situation is increasingly becoming one of despair, with no solution in sight as swathes of territory are daily coming under the control of marauding Boko Haram terrorists and other sundry armed bandits.”
While calling on the Nigerian authorities to “redouble their efforts and be more creative by introducing a revised and comprehensive security strategy in order to assert the sanctity of the lives of our compatriots, and preserve the nation’s territorial integrity”, he said it was obvious that the current strategy was not working.
NAS in the statement said, “In that light, it is exigent that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration summons the required political will to change the current Service Chiefs with new determined and purposeful military leadership.
“The selection should be, strictly, on the basis of professional competence, that would bring in fresh ideas and tactics, especially on intelligence gathering to help curb the travesty that the handling of the Boko Haram insurgency has become. In the same vein, more concerted effort must be made to address the root causes of the insurgency which mainly concerns the lack of strategic human development programs and opportunities.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is reminded of its constitutional obligations to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“The boisterous rhetoric of the government in the face of its continued failure in fulfilling its most important obligations to Nigerians is no more acceptable. Excuses and condolences can no more be the fulcrum of Government’s response to the wanton loss of lives and property as has been witnessed in the North-East, North-West, and other parts of Nigeria in recent times.
“Considering the increasingly devastating regional scale of Boko Haram’s operations and activities, we urge Government to seek the support of friends of Nigeria towards assisting our efforts in ridding our nation and region of this violent infliction, seemingly rooted in a worrying confluence of domestic theocratic bigotry and regional terrorism.
“We urge all Nigerians to remain resolute in defiance of these terrorists, their sponsors and collaborators. We must be united in advocating and acting for the safety and security of all Nigerians across the geopolitical delineation of our country. To this extent, the innocent blood of the 43 rice farmers of Zabarmari, must compel national empathy and unify our voices in resolutely demanding: #SecureNorth! Our collective will shall prevail.”