The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has felicitated with Christians in the state and the rest of Nigeria, wishing everyone a peaceful, joyful and blessed Christmas.
Governor Zulum also used the occasion of Christmas to commend the armed forces, volunteers from the civilian JTF, local hunters and vigilantes for the sacrifices being made in combating insecurity in the country.
He called on all Nigerians to reflect on the sacrifices by security forces who are genuinely dedicated to securing the lives of the people.
He reminded Nigerians that the security operatives spend Christmas Day in various theaters of operations hunting down Boko haram terrorists and other insurgents.
“How families of these forces and volunteers are celebrating without their breadwinners. At the same time, we should ask ourselves how thousands of yet to be resettled internally displaced persons and fellow Nigerians taking refuge in foreign countries are also celebrating today’s Christmas, lined up for food in camps and host communities,” Governor Zulum said.
He said reflecting on the conditions of fellow citizens would move everyone’s conscience to rededicated to ceaselessly pray for peace, to support the fight through generating relevant information for security agents, and to supporting IDPs, returning refugees and any other victim of the unfortunate insurgency.
Governor Zulum called on the security agents to remain committed to their patriotic duties and solemn pledge to safeguard lives and properties of citizens, promising them sustained encouragement.
“We will continue to accord far-reaching support to security forces, especially those who have shown their dedication and gallantry. We will commend and reward, and where there is the need to raise voices of concern, we will do so on behalf of our citizens whom we were sworn to protect.
“I believe in the carrot and stick approach, and this is based on my personal principles and my training in academics. Critical thinking is the foundation of academics and in this, the philosophy is to look at the opposite sides of every case study.
“From the academic point of view, there is never one side to any case under study and this is why I commend, I reward, and I also criticize,” the Governor said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria