ABUJA: BORNO State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has praised the Nigerian Armed Forces for repelling insurgents in Maiduguri the capital of Borno State over the years.
The governor said in the statement by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, the sacrifices of the officers would not be forgotten .
“I very much salute the gallantry of our Armed Forces, who from day one that Borno started having insurgency problems in 2009, stood by our dear state with very strong commitment against all odds,” he said.
“Their sacrifices to Borno will never be in vain and will never be forgotten. We are indebted to them and we shall celebrate them in many ways. I urge citizens to be calm and go about their routines peacefully and in obedience to the laws of the country and Borno State.”
“Our armed forces and youth volunteers have proved their worthiness and selflessness. We will, as Government, continue to afford them all they need within the limits of resources at our disposal. Reclaiming captured territories and safeguarding others that are free as well as safeguarding lives and property constitute our fundamental priorities as Government,” the statement read.
He reassured the people of the state that the government would never abdicate from its responsibility.
“I condole with citizens who may have lost loved ones over today’s fresh attack and previous ones that were unfortunate; I commiserate with those injured and those who might have lost property. The situation in Borno is always in my mind, we will continue to work hard to change the situation for the better and to support all citizens that are affected.”
Borno is worst affected by the terror that has claimed more than 10 000 people over the years and displaced more than 1 million. The Boko Haram controls some areas in the state having overpowered the army.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY