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Gov. Buni’s speech at the UN Building the 31/7/2019

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Speech by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State Hon. Mai Mala Buni at the Launch of ‘Holding On’ Virtual Reality Experience in Remembrance of Boko Haram Crisis in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States at UN Building, Abuja on 31st July 2019

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As has been noted, it is now exactly ten years since the start of Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

As we grapple with the devastating effects of the insurgency, it is fitting that we are gathered here today to share experiences and renew our commitment to addressing the humanitarian and developmental challenges that the insurgency has instigated.

I want to thank the United Nations and all our development partners for what you have done to help us navigate through the crisis so far, and for what you will continue to do on behalf of peace, security and stability going forward.

In the years since it began, Boko Haram has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our lifetimes. Yobe State is only second to Borno State in terms of the devastation and destruction that Boko Haram has caused.
There are now more than seven million people in the three affected states that are still in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The displacement of people from their communities also affects their capacity to engage in meaningful economic activity, including farming. This, in turn, has worsened a food security situation that clearly pre-dated Boko Haram.

Prior to the Boko Haram crisis, for example, the North-East region reportedly has the lowest indices of development relative to the rest of Nigeria, particularly in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. Many believe that poverty, joblessness and ignorance are part of the factors that gave rise to the Boko haram insurgency in the first place.

As tough and defining as our security challenges are, the federal and Yobe State governments, with support from all of you, have continued to do our best to meet those challenges.

As a result of these efforts, we have now moved beyond a humanitarian assistance situation to reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement phase.

For example, using our very limited and competing resources, we have funded the restoration of some basic social services, including water supply to some of the affected communities, schools, healthcare facilities, law and justice infrastructure, and markets, amongst others.

But reconstruction and resettlement are clearly the most challenging for us in Yobe State, given the enormity of the devastation to our infrastructure and our capacity for service delivery.

The Yobe State Government therefore stands in need of the continuous support of the United Nations and of all our development partners.

With the relative improvement in the security situation across the state, I believe our partners have a chance to come in more forcefully now and continue to support our post-conflict initiatives, which include:

 Provision of basic services, such as water and hygiene, and electricity.
 Rebuilding of basic infrastructure.
 Action to stabilize the security environment.
 Protection for vulnerable groups and households.
 Support for affected persons as they begin to re-build their lives, and;
 Support for community peace building and resilience activities.

As we work to achieve these goals, the Yobe State Government will maintain and expand our partnerships both governmental and non-governmental organisations and entities.

In the months and years ahead, we would look forward to working more closely with the United Nations and all our development partners to ensure that the project of sustainable reconstruction, rehabilitation, recovery and peace building across Yobe state is successful.

Thank you.

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Buratai Inspects Project At Army Camp Ngamdu

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Buratai inspects project at Army Camp Ngamdu.

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

The Chief of Army Staff
Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai has Saturday inspected ongoing projects and facilities at Ngamdu army super camp.

Buratai said the visit was part of his continuation operational tour to the north east theater of Operation.

The Army chief was at Ngamdu today the 26 of September 2020, where he inspected ongoing construction and renovation projects as well as facilities in the camp.

He equally used the opportunity to assess the overall operational readiness of the camp.

“The Chief of Army staff was accompanied by the Chief of Training and Operations Army Maj Gen Nuhu Angbazo, the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maj Gen Faruk Yahaiya, Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen SA Adebayo, Acting Provost Marshall Army Brig Gen Hussain Ahmed and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Brig Gen OO Oluyede among other senior army officers”

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Again ISWAP/Boko Haram Kidnapped Site Engineer, A Carpenter along Maiduguri, Damasak Road

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Again ISWAP,/Boko Haram kidnapped site Engineer, A Carpenter along Maiduguri, Damasak Road

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Again, members of the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP), Boko Haram fighters have again abducted two workers along Maiduguri-Damasak road, on their way to Damasak to construct shelter for the Nigerian refugees returning from Diffa province in Niger Republic back to their ancestral homes.

The two abductees in a separate video clips released by the insurgents, appealed to the Borno state Governor, Professor, Babagana Zulum and the state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Engineer, Mustapha Gubio to come to their rescue.

“My name is lawan modu karsami
I worked with Nganzai LGA, I am a project Engineer attached to construction site of Shelter in Damasak, the project for Nigerian refugees returning back to Damasak. We were captured by the Khailafa army and we are now in hostage with them”, Modu Karsami said.

He appealed to the commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubio and Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to cometheir rescue

Also speaking Ibrahim Musa while appealing to the government to come to his rescue said ” I am Ibrahim Musa a carpenter, we were captured by the Army of Khaliffa along Maiduguri-Damasak road on our way to Damasak to construct a shelter to the returning IDPs. “

” I appeal to the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum and the commissioner of RRR to come to our rescue”, he added.

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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