By Olugbenga Salami
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has put off all his political engagements for Wednesday to mourn the farmers killed by the terrorists in Borno State on Sunday.
More than 50 farmers were reportedly killed at the outskirts of Kala Balge Local Government Area by terrorists suspected to be Boko Haram ISWAP.
Lawan had already scheduled some engagements for Wednesday one of which was to meet with the All Progressives Congress, APC leaders and delegates in Borno State.
He was also scheduled to proceed from Maiduguri to Gombe also to meet party leaders and particularly the delegates to canvas support for his presidential bid ahead of the upcoming primaries of the APC.
Lawan decided to put off all his political engagements for the day on account of the tragic incident and instead proceeded to Maiduguri only on a condolence visit.
While in Maiduguri, the Senate President met with the Governor Babagana Umaa Zulum and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai to commiserate with the government and people of the state.
At the Palace of Shehu of Borno, Lawan said: “We are in Maiduguri for a very solemn event. We had wanted to come to meet with the delegates in continuation of the campaign for the flag of our Party, the APC, for the Presidential race.
“Because of the sad event that took place in Kala Balge where over 50 of our people were killed, we felt that it was only appropriate to come to Borno to condole with the government and people of Borno State.
“We pray that Almighty Allah will forgive their sins and Aljannah Firdaus be their final resting place.
“Your Royal Highness, you have been consistent in your support for the federal government to fight the insurgency in this part of our country.
“The situation is far better than before. We are very hopeful that before this administration will complete its tenure next year, we will have a better security situation in this part of the country and indeed in all parts of the country by the Grace of God.”
Earlier at the Borno State Government House, the Senate President told Governor Zulum that he came to condole with him having put off his political engagements in honour of those killed by the terrorists.
Responding, Governor Zulum thanked the Senate President, saying Borno and Yobe, the home state of the Senate President, were one and prayed that the existing relationship between the two states “will never be soured.”