Zulum salutes troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has applauded the military and other security agencies fighting Boko Haram insurgents to fully restore peace to the state.
Zulum in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri by his Spokesman, Mr Isa Gusau, said the armed forces and other security agencies were working to ensure peaceful Christmas celebration and protection of the citizens.
He said that the security personnel deserve our respect, love, empathy and prayers, especially when civilians were celebrating the season, soldiers, other security personnel and volunteers were holding forth in the front lines.
The governor said that the soldiers were working to contain the insurgents, who never mean well and want to ruin every joyous moment.
Zulum, who described Christians in Borno as “hard working, dedicated, peace loving and easy going fellow citizens,” urged them to pray for the victory of the military to end insurgency.
“We should pray hard with the hope that in future celebration, troops should be able to celebrate with their families.
“I also felicitate with our dear Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State.
“I urge the sustenance of these unique attributes and call on all citizens to remain united especially with the security challenges in the past years,” he said.
The governor also commended the resilience of the people of the state in the face of the decade long insurgency.
“I strongly admire the courage of our people and the relentless determination to move on.
“May God grant us peace in Borno, the rest of the northeast and Nigeria. Merry Christmas to our brothers and sisters in Borno State and Nigeria,” he said.