Borno State Government celebrated Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day Anniversary at Ramat Square, Maiduguri, for the first time after 12 years due to insurgency.
The state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, said he regretted that the anniversary could not hold in the state for those years due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Zulum, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, stated this while speaking during the parade.
“My dear compatriots, today, is another threshold in the history of our great country, Nigeria, as we converged here this morning to commemorate the 62nd Independence Anniversary of our nationhood.
“I believe this occasion is worthy of celebration by all well-meaning Nigerians home and abroad.”
He added, “Notwithstanding, today’s celebration is indicative that peace is gradually returning to the state and the country at large, as a result of the successes recorded by the gallant troops of the Nigerian military and other sister security agencies which steered the state government to close down all IDP camps in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area as well as voluntary resettlement of many communities across the state.
“It is evident that the administration of His Excellency, President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria has shown strong commitment to the indivisibility of Nigeria and ensure that every citizen has access to freedom of life and basic social amenities.”