Sallah: Let’s Remember Martyrs Of Insurgency—Shettima

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has urged Nigerians to use the Eid el Kabir celebration to reflect on all security personnel, civilian volunteers including members of the youth vigilante and hunters who laid their lives while defending people from Boko Haram attacks in the northeast.

Shettima in a Sallah message after performing his eid told journalists that hundreds of military, police, Department of State Security Services (DSS), Immigration, Customs personnel as well as Civilian JTF men and hunters have sacrificed their lives while defending the people of the northeast against Boko Haram attacks.

“Eid Kabir is for Muslims to emulate Prophet Ibrahim who offered to sacrifice his only son, Ismail in obedience to the command of Allah out of absolute faith and selflessness. Sallah should also be used by Nigerians to reflect on how many soldiers, police men, staff of the DSS, personnel of the Customs and Immigration manning borders as well as civilian volunteers, particularly the civilian JTF in Borno and hunters across the Northeast offered their lives in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in order to secure us,” he said.

He said the insurgency bedeviling the northeast will soon be surmounted, adding that Borno particularly would bounce back as true home of peace. “I assure the people of Borno that very soon, the problem will be over".

Shettima said his government would soon embark on massive reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-integration of communities destroyed by the insurgents and appealed to the people to be patient and support the Federal Government and military’s determination to end the insurgency .

An Eid el Kabir message earlier given to journalists by the governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, urged “people living around families of any killed soldier, other security men, youth volunteers and hunters, to make special time to visit survivors of these heroes, condole with them and extend kind gestures to them in a very respectful manner which their dead ones highly deserve.”

( Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza / TNV )
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