Shettima urges support for troops in North East
Ortom asks Muslims to emulate prophet’s injunctions
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has urged the residents of Konduga and the people of the state to support the military and the present administration in its efforts to ensure peace in the communities destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
Shettima spoke to journalists yesterday at Konduga where he performed the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have returned to their communities after the restoration of peace to the area.
Konduga is a farming community about 40 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, the state capital where Boko Haram insurgents killed 60 people in a mosque in 2013.
His words: “As you are all aware that in the last two years Konduga and over 20 communities in Borno State were not safe for our people. I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, our gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, members of the Civilian JTF and other security agencies for combating Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest and other hideouts.
“With relative peace now in place, government in its determination and commitment has started rebuilding and resettling all our communities hitherto destroyed by these miscreants.”
Muslims performed their prayers peacefully yesterday without restriction of vehicles’ movement, which is usually announced during festive periods in the state.
Meanwhile, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has admonished Muslims to imbibe the Holy Prophet’s injunctions of piety, honesty, charity and generosity to the less-privileged.
He spoke in a message to Muslim faithful during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. He also urged them and followers of other faiths in the state to continue to make sacrifices to overcome the current economic downturn.
Ortom says selflessness, transparency, truthfulness and accountability will remain the pillars sustaining his administration as the state continues its journey towards economic recovery.
The governor says the safety of lives and property in all parts of the state is the priority of his government. He urged the people to support security agents with information to enable them to apprehend criminals in the state.
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