CATHOLIC pontiff, Pope Francis, has condemned vehemently the killing of farmers and villagers in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

While reacting to the inhumane act yesterday during his weekly general audience held virtually from his library in the Vatican, Francis described the unfortunate incident as a ‘terroristic massacre’ that offended the name of God.

He also further prayed that God grants peace and comfort to the families of the slain farmers.

“I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria, which unfortunately once again has been bloodied by a terroristic massacre.

“May God welcome them into his peace and comfort their families, and may he convert the hearts of those who commit such horrors, which gravely offend His name,” Francis said.

It would be recalled that 43 rice farmers were killed on their rice fields on Saturday night at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.