The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President of Nigeria, Garba Shehu says 110 slain Borno farmers didn’t get clearance to work on rice fields.
The 57-year-old politician said the victim should have obtained military clearance before resuming farming activities in the area.
“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area?” Mr. Shehu queried. “Did anybody ask to resume activity?”
Mr. Shehu emphasised that he had been briefed by military authorities that the villagers did not seek military advice before exposing themselves to “a window that the terrorists have exploited.”
“So ideally, all of these places ought to probably be allowed to pass through proper military clearance before resettlement or even farmers resuming activities on those fields,” the Journalist and member of All Progressives Congress, APC said.