Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Wednesday lamented the reported accidental bombing of hapless Nigerians in the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Rann, in Borno, near the Cameroonian border at about 9 a.m.
The incident led to the killing at least 52 including six aid workers, including six people with the International Committee of the Red Cross, part of a team that had been bringing food aid to 25,000 people there.
While commending the current efforts in the war against insurgency in the troubled region, Governor Fayose in series of tweets, said the Federal Government must stop deceiving Nigerians and say the truth about Boko Haram.
“First, they said they have defeated Boko Haram technically. Later they claimed Boko Haram flag was captured.
“But look at what we are witnessing now. Look at bombings and attacks here and there by the same Boko Haram they told us had been defeated.
“If indeed Boko Haram had been defeated, what was the need for the air strike that led to the killing of those Nigerians in the IDP camp yesterday?”
Condoling with families of the deceased and wishing the wounded divine succour, President Muhammadu Buhari sympathized with the Borno state government over what a statement quoted him as terming a “regrettable operational mistake” in the final mopping up stages of the battle against the sect.
Fayose, faulted the President’s rush to conclude that the bombing was accidental, in which case he “already foreclosed investigation, which he ought to have ordered before jumping into conclusion
“It was wrong for President Buhari to have jumped into conclusion that the air strike was a mistake.”
Continuing, he described as strange a situation where “the military could “mistakenly” bomb an IDP camp that it created and aware of the location.
“I also call on all necessary authorities in Nigeria as well as the international community to investigate the incident,” he added, sympathising with those “who escaped death from the hands of Boko Haram, only to be killed by the authority that should be protecting them.”