Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said Nigeria is not close to winning the war against terrorism.
Gbajabiamila stated this on Tuesday on the floor of the House while reacting to the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno state at the weekend. The Speaker called for collective search for solutions to ending the war which has claimed several lives despite billions spent in prosecuting it.
“On Saturday, the 28th of November 2020 forty-three of our fellow citizens in the town of Zabarmari were cruelly murdered and decapitated by insurgents of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation.
“Forty-three people who set out to their farms to harvest their meagre yields became in one afternoon, the newest victims of the evil that has brought untold grief to too many, for far too long.
“For more than a decade, we have confronted the evil that is Boko Haram. We have not won and do not appear close to winning the war against terrorism in Nigeria. Yes, we have recovered territory and land in places where not so long ago,” Gbajabiamila said.
“We must ask ourselves what it is we are doing wrong? What have we failed to do? How is it that despite the billions in resources expended and the countless lives lost.
“Now is the time to ask difficult questions. We ask these questions in the sincere hope that through our collective and concerted search for answers, we might arrive at a solution that spares us further bloodshed” he added.