IDPs Cannot Return To Bama Before Ramadan – Shettima

IDPs Cannot Return To Bama Before Ramadan – Shettima

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has said that returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to Bama Local Government Area before Ramadan is no longer feasible because of current military operations in Sambisa Forest.

Shettima had promised to return IDPs to liberated communities by 29 May.

However on Tuesday, the governor announced a change of plan when he inaugurated 12 public infrastructure rebuilt by Borno Government in Bama with N360 million provided by the Victims Support Fund (VSF).

The fund, established in 2014 with public donations, has retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus .Y  Danjuma as Chairman.

The governor said: ”Our goal was for our people to be able to return to Bama before this Ramadan.”

”Unfortunately, this is not feasible because the military is still carrying out operations in some areas around the Sambisa as part of mop up exercise in the yet to be concluded fight against Boko Haram.”

”We will continue to work with security agencies to review situations. Our number one priority is the security and safety of our people.

”We are very optimistic that very soon, the entire Borno will be safe enough for full habitation. We look forward to Borno reclaiming peace, security and progress.”

Shettima said the government was laying emphasis on Bama but paying attention to all parts of the state. 

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