North-East Peace Ambassadors, NEPA, says President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs deserve credit for the return of peace and another Christmas celebration free from attacks in the region.
The group gave the commendation at a press conference on Tuesday in Modu Ganari, Maiduguri, Borno State.
In a statement co-signed by Alhaji Sadiq Bulama and Mallam Usman Geidam, its President and Secretary-General respectively, the NorthEast Peace Ambassadors said unlike some years ago, people were reunited with their families and are enjoying quality time.
Bar the attempted attack on Garkida in Adamawa State which was effectively repelled by gallant troops, the group said there was no breach of security across the six states.
The NEPA recalled how Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gadaka and Damaturu in Yobe States on Christmas Day in 2011 and multiple bombings in the Federal Capital Territory and surrounding towns.
According to the group, however, this year, people are celebrating the festive season in peace and love.
The NEPA thanked President Buhari for his leadership that is steadily bringing complete normalcy to the Northeast.
It noted that the appointment of the service chiefs have proven to be a masterstroke, as they have displayed confidence and efficiency.
The group also applauded the service chiefs for their innovation, cooperation, and a sense of coordination, bringing results to the fight against insurgency.
The NEPA equally hailed the troops for their resilience, sacrifice, and patriotism which has made life worth a living for them.
“You are aware that there are six states in the Northeast namely, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and the Yobe States, but since the holiday season began, all the six states have experienced peace and tranquillity and people have to this moment been enjoying the festive season.
“People traveled from far and near to spend time with loved ones as roads that were considered dangerous in the past have been cleared of all security threats and opened by the military while terrorist hideouts have been subdued and their foot soldiers flushed.
“It is, therefore, a blissful time for most families as troops remained in the trenches to ensure the safety of lives and property,” the group said.
It, however, decried the attempted attack on a community in Adamawa State but praised the security agencies for forestalling the attack.
“The only incident that nearly threatened the peace and security of the region was the attempted attack on Garkida town of Gombi Local Government of Adamawa State which was repelled by gallant troops.
“Today, Tuesday, 29th December 2020, those of us living in the North-East, not those receiving third party reports, are happy to announce that we have celebrated the Christmas in peace and love, and we are looking forward to celebrating the New Year also in peace,” it added.
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