‘No Local Govt Area in Borno under control of Boko Haram’

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, has said that no council area is under the control of Boko Haram, as returnees have commenced farming and fishing activities in liberated communities.

Six Emirs that migrated to neighbouring states have also returned to Maiduguri, the state capital, before returning to their completed rebuilt palaces at Bama, Gwoza, Dikwa and Askira.

El-Kanemi spoke on Friday afternoon, when he paid a Sallah visit to Governor Kashim Shettima at Government House, Maiduguri.

He said as peace has returned, nine years after Boko Haram insurgency in the state, no single council area is under the control of
insurgents.

He said, “Your Excellency, the Governor of Borno state, I want to take this opportunity to clearly state that; no single Local Government Area is under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.

“The four council areas of Abadam, Kala/Balge, Guzamala and Marte in Borno Emirate Council, which were inaccessible, last year, have been liberated by the military last year.”

He added that most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps have also returned to the liberated council areas in northern Borno.

According to him, the returnees have commenced their farming andfishing activities, under Operation Last Hold of the Nigerian Army.

He lamented that during the Boko Haram insurgency, several district and ward heads were killed, including some of his relations at the Maiduguri palace.

He thanked the governor for the services rendered to his people. He also commended the governor’s performances in the education, health, security, agricultural and general administration sectors.

“We are here on this Sallah day to thank you for completing our Maiduguri Central Mosque, which was abandoned for over 30 years,” said El-Kanemi.

Responding, Shettima thanked the monarch for his “sacrifices and steadfastness” throughout the nine-year Boko Haram insurgency that claimed many lives and property.

“You never one day left your territory (emirate). You stayed with your people, including the district and ward heads, whom some of them were killed by insurgents.

“In spite of all these calamities, you stayed put at the palace for the sake of your people.”

He said that to attend the needs of Boko Haram victims, 15 mega schools are about to be completed in Maiduguri metropolis.

He further disclosed that the current population of widows and orphans from the Boko Haram crises, stood at 54, 900 and 52,311 respectively.

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