Some stakeholders from 17 local governments in Yobe State have applauded Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the nation’s military for restoring peace in the state.
The group, under the auspices of the Yobe Progressive Association (YPA), consented that the troops have done extremely well in securing lives and properties in the state.
In a statement signed by its president, Hon. Mustapha Mohammed, on Saturday, the stakeholders said the prevailing level of insecurity has improved as virtually all the LGAs are free from terrorists’ attacks.
According to the group, internally displaced persons have returned to their liberated communities and top government officials no longer flee the state for fear of attacks.
The group further saluted the efforts, personal sacrifices, inconveniences, and sacrifices of the security chiefs and troops on the frontlines.
It, however, urged fellow Yobe natives to show solidarity with the military in its quest to rid other parts of the country of criminal elements.
“We, the stakeholders in the 17 local governments of Yobe State have agreed to come out under a common banner to appreciate what the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and the Nigerian military have done in securing lives and property in the state.
“Before the appointment of Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, most of us are not able to visit our hometowns during to the then prevailing level of insecurity as virtually all the local government areas were under the siege of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
“The situation got so bad at a time that even the state capital, Damaturu, was no longer safe as the terrorists twice crushed the security barriers mounted against them and penetrated the state capital, gaining entry into the Government House.
“It was only by sheer luck and providence that the governor and other top government officials were not around, otherwise the story would have been different.
“Life became unbearable for residents of major towns in the state like Potiskum, Geidam, Fika, and Gashua while smaller communities became meat to the insurgents who attack, plunder and kill at will.
“The popular livestock market at Potiskum was destroyed by the terrorists while schools were being invaded and burnt down.
“Local government areas like Potiskum, Fika, Geidam, Yunusari, Nguru, Tarmuwa, Jakusko, and even the state capital, Damaturu, at different stages became frequent targets.
“The terrorists have killed thousands of people in several communities in these local governments while several communities have also been sacked with thousands of people sent out of their homes while taking refuge in other places as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
“It is time all Yobeans including Abubakar Shekau, who is from Yobe State, desist from such unfortunate engagement and return home,” the group said.
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