Babagana Zulum, the governor of the state of Borno, donated food and other items for the celebration of Christmas to the soldiers of the 151st battalion of the Nigerian army in Bama.
Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25 to mark the birth of Jesus.
The governor’s gift followed the day after he expressed disappointment with the troops, after the abduction of about 25 people in Jakana, on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.
But while visiting the battalion’s 151 soldiers on Tuesday, the governor said they were part of the success story because the battalion was never defeated by Boko Haram rebels.
“Based on honesty, I treat everyone or groups according to my own merits. Although we have challenges in some areas, we have successes in others, and one of those areas is this 151st Battalion because Boko Haram has never beaten you since its formation, ”he said.
“This battalion has largely stabilized all areas under your jurisdiction here in Bama. I am mostly here to express gratitude on behalf of the government and people of the state of Borno, once again, as I have done here before, as I often do to other battalions and their brigades throughout the country.
“You were all very gallant and patriotic. We acknowledge all your sacrifices and we also know that you all operate in difficult conditions at different operational locations. We came with our widows.
“Food will come your way and I have given a message to your commanders that will reach each of you. Nothing can compensate you for the sacrifice. We are grateful and pray that Allah will continue to protect all of you here and all of our troops and volunteers and maintain your strength to remain undefeated. ”
During the visit, the governor also ordered the construction of 200 new homes in Gurusoye, a village behind the battalion headquarters, which Boko Haram destroyed during their occupation.
He said the new homes will be designed to relocate and create an aesthetic that will attract a productive population for social and economic renewal in the area.