Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has felicitated with Christians in the state on Christmas day.
He also saluted soldiers who are celebrating Christmas while battling insurgents to fully restore peace and security in Borno.
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The governor, in a Christmas message signed by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, described Christians in Borno as hard-working, dedicated, peace-loving and easy-going fellow citizens.
“I joyfully felicitate with our dear Christian brothers and sisters in Borno State who have, over the years, proved to be hard-working, dedicated, peace-loving and easy-going fellow citizens.
“I urge the sustenance of these unique attributes and call on all citizens to remain united, especially with the challenges we have faced together in over 12 years.”
The governor said: “Our armed forces from all security establishments deserve our respect, love, trust and prayers.
“They even deserve our empathy when we reflect and consider the fact that as we civilians think about how to celebrate the season, soldiers in particular and other security personnel, as well as our volunteers, are holding forth in front lines to keep off insurgents who never mean well, and who always want to ruin every joyous moment.
“I urge fellow citizens to remain prayerful for the victories of our troops, and an end to the insurgency.”
Zulum added: “I must commend the entire people of Borno State for showing courage that is indomitable.
“Only indomitable people could have resisted the kind of challenge Borno has faced and is still facing even though, to a comparatively lesser extent.
“I very strongly admire the courage in our people and the relentless determination to move on.
“I salute the good people of Borno State as I once again felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters at Christmas.
“I am sure that, insha’Allah, our armed forces will remain focused to ensure a peaceful celebration and a peaceful living afterwards.”
“We should pray hard with the hope that coming in any future celebration, troops should be able to celebrate with their families.”