Northern Elders Ask Int. Community to Help Fight Boko Haram

BLAME NGOs FOR BAN OF ARMS SALE TO NIGERIA

A group of northerners – mainly elderlies, have appealed to countries that have refused to sell arms to Nigeria to have a rethink in order to avoid more lives from being lost to terrorists.

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The Northern Elders’ Council –NEC, claimed on Wednesday that the decision to place embargoes on arms sales to Nigeria by those countries were based on unfounded allegations by Non Governmental Organisations.

‘’Those countries that have refused to sell arms to Nigeria must at this stage have a rethink especially when it has become crystal clear that their subtle embargoes on arms sales to Nigeria were premised on false reporting by NGOs that covertly work to advance the cause of the terrorists, ” NEC said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement signed by the council’s Assistant Secretary-General, Dr. Adama Kabiru however, urged the international community to support Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.

“The international community must at this point shake off their indifference, particularly countries whose foreign policy drive had contributed to the rise of extremism and terrorism. They should support Nigeria by assisting in cutting off the terrorists’ access to funding and arms.

NEC condemned the killing of over 43 farmers in Zabarmari community in Borno State, describing the incident as ‘repulsive and barbaric.’

Bodies of some of the slain farmers in Borno State

The Council said that the Boko Haram terrorists responsible for the killings in Zabarmari must not go unpunished for their crime against humanity.

‘’The specific individuals that carried out the attack should be identified and dealt with while the campaign to exterminate the terrorist group should be escalated.

“We condemn the killing of these innocent farmers, who were only out to earn their livelihood, in the strongest terms as barbaric, repulsive, inexcusable, depraved and deserving of the harshest consequences possible. The punishment for this crime should be made particularly stiff given the fact that the terrorists possibly targeted the farmers in order to precipitate a food crisis.

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