Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno Statet on Monday said he was going ahead with the planned rebuilding of damaged buildings in spite of recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the state.
Shettima stated this while interacting with newsmen in Bama, headquarters of Bama Local Government Area of the state.
He was reacting to the recent attacks by insurgents at the border villages of Logumani and Dara/Jamal, where an army officer and three soldiers were killed.
The governor, who relocated his office to Bama since last Wednesday to launch the reconstructions and renovation of over 2,500 destroyed houses, shops and public buildings in Bama in 2014, said: “The Boko Haram insurgents are merchants of fear.
“They are also vendors of fear. They want to instill fear in us.
“I think we should be stubbornly enough to follow our convictions against the wanton destruction of lives and property not only in this state, but the entire affected sub-region of the country.
“We have the courage to realise our dreams of an enduring peace in the state and the North East.
“The Borno State Government and its entire citizens must put hands together to rebuild Borno brick by brick, as the rebuilding and rehabilitation processes of Bama has commenced last Wednesday.
“Any life that does not involve taking risk is not a life worth living. At the end of the day what story are you going to tell your grandchildren?”
Shettima added that the relocation of the Borno State Governor’s Office to Bama since last Wednesday was an indication that the Boko Haram insurgents have already been defeated physically and psychologically.
He said: “So, let us maintain the tempo of visiting some of the affected towns and communities; let’s visit those places and ensure that they are safe before the displaced persons return to their ancestral homes.”