Kaduna villagers to Buhari: save us
President of six villages attacked at the weekend by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday recounted their ordeal and cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to save them.
The villagers said they counted between 50 and 51 bodies after the mayhem. Some of the bodies, according to the residents, were burnt by the insurgents, who accused the villagers of providing security agents with information Four houses and six vehicles were also destroyed in the attack that affected Kerawa, Rago, Marina, Zariyawa, Hashimawa, and Unguwar Barau in Igabi Local Government Area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai and security chiefs visited the communities on Monday. El-Rufai did not hide his anger over the killings. He declared that it was “our duty” to send the terrorists to “their maker.” He apologised to them for his administraion’s inability to protect them.
A resident of one of the villages, who spoke for them, described the attack as “unprecedented and horrific.”
He said: “We have over 50 dead right now. We are yet to bury them. It will take hours to bury them.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to please, pay attention to the situation in Igabi LGA, especially Igabi West. President Buhari should come to our rescue. Please deploy security agents that can do this work, those earlier stationed here never stayed.
“We know we will all die one day and return to Almighty Allah. Even the bandits were saying so. Therefore, the government should fear Allah. We are in a terrible situation.
“If we start the funeral now, we will not finish it till midnight. These killers are not just bandits, they are Boko Haram, they did not steal anything; they just killed and burnt our belongings.”
Another villager said the bandits had accused them of reporting their activities to security forces who, recently bombarded their camps in neighboring BirninGwari.LGA.