Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno South, has revealed that Boko Haram terrorists slaughtered 75 elders in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State in one day.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by Senate Committee on Special Duties and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Ndume said the challenges faced by the people of Borno in the hands of the insurgents is being under-reported.
He stated that he has not been able to visit his hometown in Gwoza, because it is not safe.
Ndume also recalled how members of the jihadi group in a single day lined up young men in Gwoza, and shot them dead.
According to Ndume, adults die daily not only from bullets, but hunger.
“If the Senate Committee would take time during their stay to go round some of the camps and even the nearby Konduga local government, we would all better appreciate what the people are facing.
“Even as a serving senator, I still cannot go to Gwoza my home town because it is not safe.
“Our security operatives are trying their bests, and we have to give it to them. But the situation is overwhelming. People are dying every day, either from attacks or by hunger. We have lost many lives here.
“There was a time in my home town Gwoza, that about 75 elders most of whom I know personally were dragged by Boko Haram to the town’s abattoir and slaughtered like animals. Only two persons survived because their bodies were covered with other peoples’ blood and the assailants thought they were dead.
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“In the same Gwoza, Boko Haram had in a single day lined up young men and summarily shot them dead. These were just some stand out cases”, he said.
Ndume noted that the issue of hunger in the state would have been worse, if not for the existence of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs).
He disclosed that the sufferings of the people pushed him to realise the need for the North-East Development Commission (NEDC)
“We don’t know where we would have been or what would have happened to us in Borno State, had there not been the NGOs.
“People die every day here, and I can assure you that even today or this evening, someone may have died of hunger. I am not talking about children – I mean adults.
“NEDC was my idea, and I pushed for its formation, not for anything else but to see how our people could be helped out of this ugly situation. And so far, we are impressed with the kind of work they are dong.
“But sadly, the amount of money at the disposal of the commission is not adequate to solve the humanitarian challenges facing Borno state alone,” he also stated.