Churches destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents will not be left out in the ongoing efforts at rebuilding and rehabilitation of private and public buildings in terror – torn Borno State. Governor Kashim Shettima made this promise when he visited the liberated communities including Lassa in the Southern Senatorial Zone of the state.
Shettima said, “We will rebuild churches, private and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents. We are saddened by the large scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian community. We are doing this because we have a duty as a government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in all our endeavours. We believe that the Christian community has rights to be served like its Muslim counterparts; since we have rebuilt mosques destroyed in other places, we must rebuild churches too.”
The Borno state governor who averred that his administration’s gesture was devoid of any political colouration, also promised that the affected churches would be rebuilt before the yuletide so that the people can celebrate the Christmas in a more conducive atmosphere. “Our actions are based on the desire to serve people and to ensure equity among them,” he said.
Shettima also paid courtesy visits to the Emirs of Uba and Askira namely Alhaji Ali Mamza and Alhaji Abdullahi Askirama respectively, and promised to rebuild among other structures, the Askira – Uba Local Government Area secretariat building which was badly damaged by the Boko Haram terrorists.
At Gwoza, the Borno State governor who pledged to rebuild the damaged palace of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Muhammad Timta said: “The Emir of Gwoza wants to return home but for his palace which is badly damaged. We will rebuild the palace in the next one month so he can come back.”
Addressing the returnee residents of Pulka, the governor stressed his resolve to tackle the numerous problems facing the people including water shortage and other essential amenities. “We have to command the gallantry of the military in ensuring that peace return to our communities. We must continue to support them to ensure that the peace is maintained. People should give them one hundred percent cooperation and report strange happenings to them,” he added.
Gov. Shettima rounded off his visits with the distribution of sundry food items and domestic effects worth millions of naira to several people across the insurgency hit communities