The district head of Dalori, Alhaji Usman Lawan Dalorima, welcomed an official delegation of the Buhari administration that was sent on a condolence and assessment mission.
Dalorima informed the delegates that no amount of pressure from the Islamists would compel the residents to desert their community and become refugees. Addressing President Buhari, the locals confirmed that are committed to remain in their ancestral home, as death, according to them, is inevitable in any society.
“We are grateful for the visit to sympathize with us over the unfortunate attacks last Saturday, but we are appealing to government to stop the ongoing digging of trenches around our community, because these trenches will prevent our people whenever there is an attack from fleeing as an escape route in the community.”
The people of Dalori called on the authorities, particularly on the National Emergency Management Agency, to provide them with food items and rebuild their destroyed houses instead of offering the relocation.
“We are not going anywhere. This is our land and we have no other place than Dalori. We are not against deployment of security personnel to this community, but my people are strongly against surrounding them with trenches,” Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori, the Borno state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, said on behalf of the community.
In his return, the SGF reminded the team was in Dalori on behalf of the president. He prayed God to grant eternal rest to those who lost their lives in the attacks and wished the injured a quick recovery.
The Nigerian leader was on an official foreign trip at the time of the attack. However, President Buhari ordered a commission to be sent to the village of Dalori on the outskirts of Maiduguri, where over 86 people were killed on Saturday, January 30.
The locals said the death toll of the Boko Haram raid exceeded 100 lives, with many people missing.