REPORTS: Borno declares December 22 ‘Sambisa Memorial Day’
December 22 of every year has been declared a Public Holiday by the Borno state Government to celebrate the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian military.
“The Borno Government will do everything possible to ensure that the patriotism of our heroes is supremely preserved and not taken for granted,” the governor said.
The governor also seized the opportunity to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for making the forest a safe place.
“Based on Buhari’s announcement, the Sambisa forest became deceased or dead at about 1.35 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2016.
“Three months after its demise, today marks the official funeral of the Sambisa Forest. I am proud to have witnessed this funeral and I congratulate all of us for being witnesses to the triumph of good over evil,” he said.
“The fall of Sambisa is both symbolic and memorable and that is why as a government, we are taking steps to preserve the history behind the fall of Sambisa. And to spectacularly document the roles played by everyone from the Commander-in-Chief, our service commanders and soldiers.
“Very soon, the state government will respectively request for partnership with the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry of Information to construct a museum that will be named Sambisa Fall and International Research Centre,” he said.
Going further, he said: “The centre will also help to preserve valuable materials recovered by the military in relation to the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and to document history of the crisis from the days of Taliban to the Boko Haram terrorism.
“Importantly, our aim is to document responses by successive political and military leadership and the eventual fall of Sambisa forest under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.