The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, has described the alleged brutal killings of farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, as a manifestation of a failed government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party, while reacting to the gruesome killings of over 40 rice farmers in Borno over the weekend, described the alleged massacre as an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government has failed in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
SPN in a statement signed by its Acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye,S and the National Secretary, Comrade Chinedu Bosah, and made available to newsmen yesterday, said the killing was another reminder that Buhari has failed Nigerians.
The duo on behalf of SPN commiserates with the families of the farmers brutally killed as well as many others injured or missing following the deadly attack.
“The killing of the rice farmers was another shocking reminder that aside from its failures in fighting corruption and ending poverty, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has equally failed in the fight against insurgency and insecurity.”
SPN, speaking further, maintained that the killings show that all parts of Nigeria, not just the North East, is a killing field.
“A few years ago, the government had declared Boko Haram “technically defeated. This horrific massacre just like numerous others has put a lie to this declaration. Even the Governor of Borno State who ought to be the most secured citizen in the State has had his convoy brutally attacked at least on three occasions by the terrorist group with many of his men in the entourage killed or maimed.
“In this situation where the government has completely lost the capacity to protect lives, the people themselves, especially working people, farmers and youth, have to take their destinies in their hands,” SPN stated.
It posited that there is the need for the setting up of independent, democratic and non-sectarian communal defense committees to protect villages, farms and communities from attacks by Boko Haram, bandits, and extortion and repression by soldiers.
The party maintained that though many have called for the sack or replacement of the Service Chiefs as a solution, the problem goes beyond the Service Chiefs.
“The government itself being a corrupt capitalist government based on exploitation is unable to aggressively and decisively tackle mass poverty, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to western formal education and opportunities– all conditions which though are prevalent in all parts of the country are however more widespread and endemic in the North East,” the party said.