NATIONAL Council of Women’s Societies, NCWS, yesterday condemned the killing of rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area, Borno State, saying that it would increase hardship in the country.

 

The national president, NCWS, Mrs. Laraba Shoda, who condemned the massacre in a statement in Abuja, called on the federal government to address insecurity.

 

It would be recalled that 43 rice farmers were said to have been killed by suspected Boko Haram members in the Jere Local Government Area, Borno on November 28.

 

“As women’s group, we decry the armed attack on rice farmers in Borno, which left dozens killed and many others abducted and expressed hope that the perpetrators will not go unpunished.

 

“We are tired of senseless killings on daily basis from different areas of the country. We can no longer sleep with our two eyes close due to insecurity.

 

“And now, the killing of rice farmers is worse with the current economic situation. The massacre will further impoverish the people as farmers will no longer go into the farms.

 

“We appeal to the government at all levels to address the current security challenges in the country to save the lives of Nigerians,” she said.

Shoda said that with the erratic rainfall and high price of imported rice, the killing of farmers was not in the best interest of the Nigerian public.

 

“This is a major reason why I call on the Federal Government to do all that is necessary to address the security situation in the country to avert the looming food insecurity,” she added.