Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has spent most of his Eid-El Kabir celebration in Gubio Local Government Area, in the northern part of the state, raising public confidence after soldiers of the 5 brigade repelled dozens of Boko Haram fighters.
It will be recalled that the insurgents stormed the council at 6 pm on Saturday, leading into seven hours of gun battle that ended around 1am.
The Governor’s trip was carried out after shelved activities lined up for the Sallah celebration, including a lunch with stakeholders of the governing All Progressives Congress and the usual traditional visit of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin Elkanemi to the Government House, every Sallah day.
Professor Zulum however, postponed the visit by the Shehu to Monday.
He was accompanied to Gubio by Usman Zannah, a member of the House by of Representatives, representing Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri Federal Constituency, and some government officials.
They first visited the Headquarters of the 5 Brigade in Gubio town, where they held a meeting with the Brigade Commander, Colonel I.A Ajose and the Theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroloyo, as well as the Caretaker Chairman of Gubio, Zannah Modu Gubio and other government officials.
The Caretaker Chairman, Modu informed Governor Zulum that the insurgents would have gained control of Gubio on the eve of Sallah, if it weren’t for the gallant resistance by soldiers of the Brigade.
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Akinroloyo, who oversees the fight against insurgency, assured Governor Zulum that the Army was going to maintain its presence.
Responding, Governor Zulum praised the 5 Brigade for the gallantry and patriotism of the soldiers under the command.
He said Borno government would sustain its support for the military with interventions in logistics, funding of volunteers in the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, hunters and vigilantes who complement the military in fighting insurgents as well as its continued mobilization of citizens to cooperate and support the military.
From the Brigade headquarters, Governor Zulum moved to the Gubio Township Centre, where he addressed hundreds of citizens who gathered at the palace of the District Head.
He assured them of the military’s continued presence and also presented additional patrol vehicles to more than 300 volunteers of the Civilian JTF and vigilantes helping with community surveillance, intelligence gathering and sometimes, fighting alongside the military in front lines.