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Buratai at Sallah: Borno Governor’s Support for Nigerian Army Immeasurable

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•Zulum joins other Muslims to attend massive eid prayer

Mukaila Ola

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Sunday said the support of Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum to the Nigerian Army is immeasurable.

Buratai who has been in Maiduguri for over about two months now to lead the nation’s army war against Boko Haram, acknowledged the Borno governor’s support during a Sallah homage at the Borno Government House.

The COAS said: “I want to use this opportunity to thank Your Excellency, most sincerely, for all your support to the Nigerian Army and other services, the Nigerian Airforce, as well as the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole. Your support is quite immeasurable. We appreciate it and this has really made us to improve on our operations.”

In his response, Governor Zulum assured the military of his continued commitment in the fight against insurgency. 

Zulum also pointed out that he has always kept faith in the Nigerian military, stressed that despite some misunderstandings, his heart has always been with the military. 

“This administration under my leadership will remain faithful to the Nigerian military, we shall be faithful to you. There has never been anytime as a Governor of Borno State I decided not to be faithful to the military. To the best of my knowledge, I always say the right and positive things about the military. Even when I had an outburst, it was made out of good intentions,,” Zulum said.

The Governor said Buratai’s presence in the theater of war in the last two months has added so much value to the ongoing counter insurgency operation in the region.

He said: “Within the last two months we have been witnessing a gradual return of peace, we are optimistic that the Nigerian military can contain the situation. Government of Borno State will do everything possible to support the Nigerian military.”

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Meanwhile, Governor Zulum on Sunday joined the rest of Muslims in the state for eid prayers at a massively attended prayer ground.

Though there was strict insistence on keeping to social distancing and use of face masks, there was a serious shortfall in the allowed distance between persons.

Zulum, in company of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai Elkanemi and top government officials, were led in the performance of two raka’at prayers, by the Imam Idaini of Borno, Imam Shettima Mamman Shettima Saleh.

The eid prayer, held at the Ramat Square, a large field with capacity for tens of thousands of persons.

The Huthba (islamic sermon) normally delivered by the imam was shortened as part of measures to avoid keeping worshippers.

The Imam called for unity amongst citizens with prayers for end to COVID-19.

He also called on the Muslim ummah to imbibe the teachings learnt in the month of Ramadan.

At the end of the eid, Governor Zulum at the Government House urged residents of the state to sustain prayers against the pandemic and for the return of peace.

The Governor, whose message was delivered by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Babagana Wakil, also congratulated muslims for successful completion of the Ramadan fast and prayed for the attainment of full reward and Allah’s continued glory

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