President Muhammadu Buhari has recieved congratulatory messages from governors and some political leaders across the nation over the successful take-over of the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the political leaders including national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have been calling the President on phone, ever since the final onslaught on the terrorists last Thursday.
“In the latest series of calls received by the President, the Governors of Jigawa, Kano, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto have joined some of their colleagues from South-East, South-South, South-West and North-Central states who made earlier calls to commend the President on the achievement of this feat which, they said, “has pleased the Nigerian people and is also being celebrated all over the world.”
The presidential aide said the governors assured Buhari that the whole country is behind him in his efforts to secure the country and make it safe for all.
Shehu quoted the governors as saying, “there cannot be any meaningful development without security.”
He also said the governors paid tributes to the military men and women who paid the supreme sacrifices,describing them as brave.
The governors added that the sacrifices had led to the liberation of the Sambisa Forest and hoped that their services will never be forgotten.
They urged the President to mobilize all resources, both human and material, to sustain the gains made so far in the fight against terrorism and economic sabotage, adding that the attainments of the Armed Forces under his leadership was something that was never in doubt at the time of his election in 2015.
The governors called on the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, the rich countries of Asia, the Middle East and international aid and donor agencies, to raise their support to Nigeria to quicken the pace of the resettlement and rehabilitation of the millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps across the country.
Reacting to the fall of Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest, Tinubu, yesterday congratulated Nigeria, President Buhari and the Army.
In a statement by his Media Office in Lagos, Tinubu, who is also a former Lagos governor, commended the troops for their bravery and resilience, asking them to now move to establish thier hold on the eara.
Tinubu said: “I congratulate the nation, President Buhari and the Army for crushing Boko Haram in their last stronghold of Sambisa Forest. I congratulate the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their bravery ad resilence. They have given the nation a most wonderful Christmas gift.
“I know the insurgents were engaged in their last desperate acts and merely clutching to their last straw. Now, they have been put down. Terror will have no place in ourland. The end is here.
“I commend the troops. I thank them again for their courage and bravery. It’s time to finish the job and locate and liberate the remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted from their school in 2014.
“As we sink ourselves in the Christmas celebration, let us remember to pray for the troops. Let us remember that for them, there was no Christmas.
“Let us also spare a thought for the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). We must support them and give them hpe,” Tinubu said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government yesterday formally re-opened two major roads in Borno State following the total defeat of Boko Haram. They are the Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak road and the Maiduguri-Mungono-Baga road.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Defence, Brig.-General Mansir Dan-Ali (Retd), service chiefs, Governor Kashim Shetima and other dignitaries graced the occasion.