JSTF troops on the streets of Maiduguri, N.E Nigeria
10 August, 2013
FOR the first time since the Boko Haram
insurgency in Borno State in 2009, the
Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar
Garbai held a traditional Sallah Durbar
(horse parade) at his Maiduguri palace
to mark Eid-el-Fitr celebration amid fanfare and tumultuous turnout of
Muslims on Thursday. The state governor, Kashim Shettima attended the fiesta.
Governor Shettima was the guest of
honour at the Shehu’s Grand Durbar (SGD), which was suspended for four
years because of the activities of the
Boko Haram sect.
According to palace sources yesterday in Maiduguri, “the holding of Dubar by the Shehu of Borno was made possible
following the emergence of relative peace in the state. Security operations
and activities of the Borno Vigilance Youths Group (BVYG), aka Civilian Join
Task Force (JTF), which has been hunting for Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri and other parts of the state since June, have been paying off.”
At Thursday’s Durbar, traditional rulers
were on colourful horse parade to the
admiration of the governor, the Shehu
of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi and
other dignitaries while residents
cheered in high spirit to end the Ramadan fast.
In his address at the Durbar, Shettima
said: “I commend the efforts of JTF,
Police and members of BVYG for
sustaining relative peace in this state
which led to the smooth celebration of
the Eid-el-Fitr Sallah.” The Governor said that it was unfortunate that since the inception of the crisis, the Boko Haram insurgents had killed hundreds of residents and destroyed property worth hundreds of millions of naira which include over 823 public secondary and primary school classrooms set ablaze in different communities across the state.
He, however, expressed optimism that
with the gallant efforts of the JTF,Vigilance Youths and patriotic citizens,
Borno was now witnessing peace in the
state. The Governor added: “Although the state has encountered serious damages,we as government will not be deterred by the activities of terrorists as we will soon renovate and rehabilitate all the public structures destroyed by the Boko Haram sect in the state, even as we will continue to support security agencies with our scarce resources in the fight against terrorism.”
Speaking on the roles of JTF and Vigilance Youths, he said: “Government
will never forget the effort of the JTF,
civilian JTF, the media and of course all
loving people of Borno for their untiring
support, prayers and concern on how to end terrorist activities in our dear state
and the country in general.