December 22, 2017 – Borno Governor Cancels First Anniversary Of Capture Of Sambisa Forest From Boko Haram, Says It Falls On Friday
If not for a change in plan, today would have mark the first year Sambisa forest was captured from Boko Haram terror sect.
The government of Borno state said it has cancelled the celebration because it falls on Friday.
In a statement issued to newsmen in Maiduguri by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammed Bulama explained that the state the that cancelled the anniversary for this year “on the ground that 22nd December of this year falls on a Friday which coincidentally dovetails into a 4-day work free period occasioned by the Christmas Festivities, a declaration of the day as public holiday will invariably deny Nigerian workers resident in Borno State, especially those who will observe and celebrate Christmas, the opportunity to withdraw their December salaries from the banks”.
He noted however, that the holiday will be strictly observed from 2018”.
The Nation recalled that Governor Kashim Shettima had in March, 2017 pronounced the declaration of 22nd December every year as Public Holiday to commemorate Sambisa Memorial Day when Nigerian Military took control of the Sambisa Forest on 22nd December, 2016.
“The purpose of this declaration is not only to give us a special opportunity to remember the victims of the Boko Haram terrorism as well as the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, members of other security agencies and volunteers who lost their lives in the fight against the insurgents, but also to celebrate the strength and the victory of our gallant Armed Forces”, Dr. Bulama said.
The statement read; “The decision to reconsider the declaration of the public holiday this year is singularly dictated by the desire of the Borno State Government not to impose avoidable and unnecessary hardship on workers and considering the importance of workers’ salaries to the economy of the State, the general citizenry by extension.
“While Government sincerely regrets whatever inconvenience this decision might have caused members of the general public, it wishes to assure Bornolites that this public holiday will be strictly observed from next year, 2018 Insha Allah. The Government wishes to use this opportunity to commiserate with all victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially the families of tens of thousands who lost their lives, including the families of our fallen heroes of the Armed Forces and Civilian JTF.
“His Excellency also implores on both the Islamic Ulamas and the Christian clergy to organize prayers for peace, harmony and prosperity to reign in our state, the rest of the north-east and Nigeria in general, and for the repose of the souls of all the victims of this ungodly insurgency and our fallen heroes.
Borno State Government deeply appreciate and commend all members of the Armed Forces, other security agencies and members of the Civilian JTF for their gallantry and sacrifice in the war against terror, which, Insha Allah, will soon come to an end. Finally, the Government wishes it’s concerned citizens Merry Christmas, and a meritorious New Year ahead,” Dr. Bulama said.