Borno Holds first Independence Match After 12 years
The 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence was celebrated on Saturday by the government of Borno State with a parade is the first in the 12-year period since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The ceremony was place in Maiduguri’s Ramat Square, under the direction of Governor Babagana Zulum.
According to him, the event was made possible by the state’s restoration to a largely peaceful state.
Alhaji Usman Kadafur, who is Zulum’s deputy, praised the military and other security services for their exceptional performance in a number of operations against the rebels.
The governor said that the state government’s closure of all displaced people’ camps in Maiduguri and Jere Local Government Areas was made possible by the effectiveness of the anti-terror campaign.
He clarified that the majority of the refugees voluntarily went back to their cities and communities.
The governor stated that the government’s main goal was to reconstruct vital infrastructure that had been devastated during the 12-year conflict.
“We renew our commitment to confronting the challenges of critical infrastructure destroyed by the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency.
“And explore avenues to create job opportunities for our teeming unemployed youths, thereby, minimizing the upsurge of social vices in the society.
“We remain confident that with the massive investments we have made in the last three years in the expansion and strengthening of our resettlement and recovery effort, we shall succeed in our commitment to provide the dividends of democracy,” he added.
In order to improve livelihoods and community economic growth, he promised to offer essential services to the populace.
“On a sustainable basis in the attainment of our policy thrust, we have a duty to improve on job creation, access to education, healthcare delivery services, security, potable water supply for both human and animal consumptions, among others.
“We can do these only in a climate of peace and security,” Zulum said.
As the general elections in 2023 drew near, he urged the populace to stay unified, live peaceably, and avoid any tendencies that could throw the country into disorder and anarchy.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, a detachment of police officers led the march, and a medals parade was also organized to honor the officers and soldiers of Operation Hadin Kai who participated in the war against insurgency.
For their bravery and sacrifice during numerous operations against militants in the state, the personnel received honors.