Borno to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko Haram

Governor Kashim Shettima
Photo: VOA Hausa
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has promised to rebuild churches and other structures destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Lassa as he visited liberated communities in the southern senatorial zone of the state

“We will rebuild churches, private and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents,” Mr. Shettima said when he accessed the level of damage in Lassa in Askira-Uba Local Government Area on Wednesday.

He expressed shock at the magnitude of destruction, saying that the government would commence the rehabilitation in a short while.

“We are going to rebuild churches and others structures destroyed in Lassa and other communities around.

“We are saddened by the large scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian community,” Mr. Shettima said.

He added: “We are doing this because we have a duty as a government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in all our endeavors,” he said.

“We believe that the Christian community has rights to be served like its Muslims counterpart, since we have rebuilt Mosques destroyed in other places, we must rebuild churches too.”

Mr. Shettima said the churches would be rebuilt before Christmas ahead of this year’s Yuletide.

“I want to assure that the churches will be rebuilt before December, so that the people can celebrate the Christmas in a more conducive atmosphere.

“We will also make sure that all private houses destroyed are rebuilt without delay,” he said, adding that his action had no political under tone.

“We are not doing this for political reasons because we are not facing any election now. Our actions are based on the desire to serve people and to ensure equity among them.”

He visited the Emir of Uba, Ali Mamza, and the Emir of Askira, Abdullahi Askirama, where he pledged to rebuild the Askira-Uba Local Government Area secretariat and other structures damaged by the insurgents.

Mr. Shettima was also in Gwoza, headquarters of Gwoza Local Government Area where he promised to rebuild the palace of the Emir of Gwoza, Muhammad Timta.

“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, ” he said when he addressed elders of Gwoza in front of the damaged palace.

Mr. Shettima also visited Pulka, where he addressed hundreds of residents who had returned home, and promised to tackle the problem of water shortages facing the people.

“I want to pledge here that we are going to take immediate action to tackle the problem of water shortage facing the people. We shall put in place the necessarily mechanism to address the problem immediately I return back to Maiduguri.”

He lauded the military for liberating the area from Boko Haram insurgents, and promised enhanced welfare for the people.

“We have to commend 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 100 percent cooperation and report strange happenings to them,” he said.

Mr. Shettima distributed food items worth millions of Naira to the people before proceeding to the next community.(NAN)

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  • Jika

    Well done sir.You must ensure justice,fairness and,equity amongst ALL indigenes and residents of Borno State.Always,remeber that you will account for your stewardship both here and the hereafter.May Allah(S.W.T) continue to guide and protect you.We pray for sustainable peace and development in Borno and indeed for all parts of Nigeria.

  • marc umeh

    Mr Shettima deserves our congratulations for his effort ro rehabilitate his people. It is now up to the NA to make sure that the replaced infrastuctures will not be attacked and destroyed once more

  • Simeon Nigel

    Governor Kashim Shettima is a “bigger joker” in our modern Nigeria’s great insecurity situation of today. Because, this is an Islamic extremist Governor that ‘viciously hates the Christians faith religion’ after he allowed Chibok secondary to be open up while the rest of other secondary schools in his state were closed as a result of this human beings bloods tasty suckers and evil Boko Haram’s insurgency in his own state. His idea of re-building again Churches allover is not to be taking him seriously, and his purpose is mainly to attracts christians worshipers back to his state in order to finally instructs his bands of Boko Haram sects to finish them off for good in Borno state. The Chibok school was open because the majority of the girls attending chibok school were mostly christians. Furthermore, this is a Governor who himself is a Boko Haram grand fields operational commander under his legitimate Governorship portfolio position. He used Federal Government Nigeria nation’s allocations funds to paid for Boko Haram sects’ sophisticated weapons to avenges a massive destructions in his state in order to make a lots of money from both Federal Government and International donors. I have been campaigning hard in the USA and Europe intelligence networks to figure him out as one of the sponsors of Boko Haram, and no wonders he can afford to stays over in all ‘so called’ liberated local Government areas safely without any form of attacks by this deadly, murderous and evil Boko Haram sects, and after all, this same Governor Kashim Shettima is today being taking cares of Boko Haram’s wives and families which he is so gladly to tell the whole world about it by his feeding them and also rehabilitating captured Boko Haram fighters whom should be instead ought to be ‘gas’ and pour ‘acids’ upon them to feel the pains, miseries and agonies they have inflicted on innocent christians people in Borno state from 2009 to 2016 dates.

    • Jika

      Absolute trash.The boys that were slaughtered at Federal Government college in Buni Yadi were all Muslims. Did the Federal Government then Under Good Luck ordered their killing?You are just an un-informed religious bigot spewing garbage .

      • Simeon Nigel

        The number of Christian victims as a result of Boko Haram’s bloods suckers were by far more than those moslems killed. Even today, there is ongoing daily attacks against the Nigerian Christain faithfuls by way of a direct psychological silent terror against them by President M. Buhari Federal government. Takes for example; often heard Fulani Herdsmen of their regular attacks in Benue state, Plateau state, Kaduna state, Bauchi state, Gombe state, Adamawa state, Taraba state, Nasarawa state and Niger state. President M.Buharui has employed and appoints majority Moslems in all the essential ‘vital’ securities organs of the entire Nigeria nation. Also, there were daily reporting about a few moslems military commanders that were selling federal Government purchased military weapons to Boko Haram sects and also supplying Boko Haram with advance military planed strategies to the deadliest sect group too as a warning. Have you find time to listen recently to Boko Haram’s Leadership splitting feud or disputes, the new BH leader being appointed by the middle-east terror group; ISIS leadership, he was promising to eliminating by killings Nigeria Christians, and so the same goes by the old BH leaders, Abubakar Shekue against the Christians too, that moslems of Nigeria do often called the Nigerian Christians deepest-rooted negative names such like: Infidels or unbelievers. What have you got to say next as given the above examples here in my replied to your comment.