December 22 Now Public Holiday!

By Ikenga Chronicles March 29, 2017

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has declared that December 22 of each year will be a public holiday in the state to mark Sambisa Memorial Day.

Shetima made this announcement on Monday inside the Sambisa Forest at the opening of the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship currently holding at the forest.

Shettima said December 22 was chosen for the annual public holiday because it was on December 22, 2016 that the Nigerian Armed Forces took over Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram insurgents.

He added that the public holiday was also for the purpose of remembering victims of Boko Haram insurgency, the victory recorded by the Nigerian military, and the remembrance of fallen soldiers and volunteers who sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009 in different parts of Borno State.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari declared the conduct of the 2017 Nigerian‐Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) inside Sambisa Forest, former enclave for the Boko Haram insurgents, as signifying the end of the terrorist group.

Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dam Ali, restated the determination of the federal government to ensure the elimination of all kinds of terrorism in the North-East and the country as a whole.

“This championship is a showcase of the clear defeat and degradation of the Boko Haram terrorists group, with the destruction of Camp Zero here in hitherto Sambisa forest. It will also mark the commencement of our plan to move speedily to make Sambisa and the entire North-East safe again for law abiding citizens.”

“I can categorically say that never again will Boko Haram terrorists occupy any of the Nigerian land. It is an affirmation to the resolve of this government to stamp out all activities and operations of Boko Haram insurgency in our territory,” the president said.

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