Fall of Sambisa forest best gift for Nigeria — Shettima
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima (middle), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai ( 3rd from left), the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor (2nd left) with other top military officers at the reopening of Maiduguri-Gubio- Kareto-Damasak road and Maiduguri -Monguno- Baga road that leads to northern Borno after a mini ceremony in Maiduguri yesterday. Both roads were closed since 2014 due to insurgent attacks.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has described the outgoing year as one that witnessed a major breakthrough in the ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, saying the year so far has been the best in the last five years, especially with the fall of the Sambisa to the Nigerian armed forces.
The governor said there was no better Christmas and New Year gift to the people of Borno State than the fall of the Sambisa forest which served as headquarters of the Boko Haram fighters.
Shettima spoke at the official re-opening of the Maiduguri-Gubio- Kareto-Damasak road and Maiduguri -Monguno-Baga road leading to the northern part of Borno State at a mini ceremony attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai yesterday afternoon along Gubio road in Maiduguri.
“I would want to start by declaring, that since I became the Governor of Borno State in over five years, this is the best Christmas season I have witnessed; this is the best December I have witnessed and the year 2016 is my best year so far as Governor of Borno State. 2016 is for me, Nigeria’s year of victory and Borno’s year of hope and resurrection. It is in this 2016 that we began to have access to major towns like Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Monguno and Damasak following their liberation by our gallant armed forces.
“It is in the year 2016 that major highways began to be re-opened. It is in the year, 2016 that we accelerated our major reconstruction of liberated communities; it is in the year 2016 that IDPS began to return to communities; it is in the year 2016 that we recovered some of our daughters abducted at Government Secondary School, Chibok in 2014; and fellow Nigerians, it is in the year 2016, that the Federal Republic of Nigeria established it’s supremacy over the Sambisa headquarters of the Boko Haram. For Government and the good people of Borno State, there is no better Christmas and New Year Gift that is more precious than the conquer of Sambisa Forest by our sufficient military,” Shettima said.
The governor paid glowing tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari, service chiefs, officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their different roles in the fight against insurgency. “Many persons made sacrifices, including giving up their lives for us to have peace and for these roads we are about re-opening, to be freed from the control of insurgents.” Shettima said.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who spoke before Shettima, cautioned against extortion of motorists who would ply the road.
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Source : dailytrust