Local people are vulnerable – Nigeria Governors Forum laments killing of 30 in Borno

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The scene of Boko Haram attack in Auno

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) says Boko Haram’s killing of 30 persons in Borno State shows how vulnerable local people are.

Chairman of the Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi stated this on Tuesday while reacting to the killing of travellers in Auno community, Konduga LGA along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.

Boko Haram insurgents on motorcycles attacked the commuters on Sunday night, killing 30, abducting some more and burning 18 vehicles as well as houses in the community.

The violent attack, which angered Governor Babagana Zulum, prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to pay a condolence visit to the state on Wednesday.

In a sympathy letter dated February 11 and addressed to the Borno State Governor, the NGF Chairman lamented a situation where a large number of vehicles loaded with goods, shops and houses could be set ablaze by suspected marauding insurgents, who sneaked into and launched attacks on sleeping travellers at the town, barely 24km from a state capital.

“It says a lot about the vulnerability of local people who for all intents and purposes should enjoy full protection from the people they put in power.

“However, your efforts, Mr governor‚ in calling for greater responsibility on the part of the security operatives in your state is both commendable and courageous, and indeed has the support of all your other colleagues.

“Once again, I wish to whoIe-heartedly join the government and people of Borno state in this grief along with all of our colleagues.

“And hope that the people are protected adequately and that no further onslaughts ever occur again, not just in Borno state but in the country as a whole,” Fayemi said.

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