The United States has expressed sympathy to Nigeria, saying that it stands with the country over the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents
In a statement today, November 30, by the Embassy, the US condemned in the strongest terms the killing even as it offered its condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped.
The Embassy said: “The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped.
“These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
This was even as the Police Service Commission described the unprovoked and mindless killing of the farmers in Borno State as horrifying and barbaric, “especially at a time all efforts are geared towards restoring peace and order in the troubled North-East zone of the country.”
The Commission in a statement today, its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said it was disturbed that the victims of the callous act were ordinary and harmless Nigerians who were on their farms to seek their livelihood.
According to the commission, there can never be any justifiable reason for madness and cruelty.
It called on the security agencies to quickly re-strategize and put an end to “this unending circle of killings in the North East,” adding that the citizens should also be in the forefront “as security has become the business of everybody.
“We wish to commiserate with Mr President, the leaders of the North-East, the Government and people of Borno State and the families of the assassinated farmers on this sad development. We pray that God will see the nation through these difficult times.”