President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed regret at the killing of farmers in the rice fields in Zabarmari in the local government of Jere de Borno, describing the terrorist killings as insane.
The president made the condemnation in a statement by his senior special assistant in media and advertising, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari said the government had provided all necessary support to the armed forces to “take all necessary measures to protect the population of the country and its territory.”
Buhari said: “I condemn the murder of our working farmers by terrorists in Borno state.
“The entire country is wounded by these senseless murders. My thoughts are with their families in this time of pain.
“May their souls rest in peace.”
Journalists report that some 43 farmers were killed, while an unknown number of others were missing when Boko Haram insurgents launched attacks on the rice fields in Zabarmari.
The journalists gathered that nine of the victims were believed to be settlers in search of greener pastures from Zamfara, seven from Kebbi and eight from Sokoto state, while the rest were indigenous to the city of Zabarmari.
Journalists also report that the victims would be buried today (Sunday).