Residents of Zabarmari which came under Boko Haram attack leading to the slaughter of dozens of residents have disclosed that they did not obtain any clearance from the military before cultivating their lands.
They wondered why Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman said they needed clearance before harvesting.
Some of the elders, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, described the statement by shehu as insensitive.
One of them, Zanna Boguma, stated, “Those farmers did not need any clearance from the army. Soldiers themselves know that the settlement there is a farming community and their farms are not far from their homes.”
A resident of the community, Mohammed Abdallah, asked, “ If I may ask, did we seek for clearance from the army before farming? Why is the Presidency giving excuses for her negligence and failure.”