The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has described the alleged brutal killings of farmers by Boko Haram terrorists as a manifestation of a failed government.
DAILY POST had reported that some rice farmers while working on rice farms in Koshobe, Borno State were killed by some Boko Haram members.
But, SPN while reacting, described the alleged killings as an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government has failed in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
SPN in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday said that the killing was another reminder that Buhari has failed Nigerians.
The party made the declaration in a statement signed by its Acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and the National Secretary, Comrade Chinedu Bosah.
The duo, on behalf of SPN commensurate 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 government has equally failed in the fight against insurgency and insecurity”.
SPN, while speaking further, maintained that the killings show that almost 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 two 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.
“There is the need for the setting up of independent, democratic and non-sectarian communal defence committees to protect villages, farms and communities from attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and extortion and repression by soldiers.
“Many have called for the sack or replacement of the Service Chiefs as a solution. While we support the call, for us in the SPN, even if this is done, no serious progress would still be recorded in the fight against insurgency. This is because 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.
“Without ending social and economic inequality as well as state repression, insurgency and insecurity cannot be defeated, unfortunately, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other bourgeois political parties are not committed to ending social inequality and poverty
“Only the kind of programme which the SPN stands for, of putting the key sectors of the economy under democratic workers control and management and implementing a socialist plan to rid society of hunger, homelessness, joblessness and destitution and also provide other basic needs such as free, quality mass education and health care can alongside respect for democratic rights of minorities ensure an equitable and peaceful Nigeria devoid of such wanton and brutal killings which are a daily occurrence under capitalism”.