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Shettima Tours Liberated Communities; Promised To Rebuild Churches
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has continued his supervisory tour of liberated communities in the state, promising that he would rebuild both churches and other structures destroyed by Boko Haram.
He made the promise on Wednesday during his assessment of Lassa, Askira-Uba Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Shettima expressed shock at the level of destruction, adding that the government would commence rehabilitation of the town in a short while.
“We are saddened by the large scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian community,” he said.
“We are going to rebuild churches and other structures destroyed in Lassa and other communities around.
“We are doing this because we have a duty as a government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in all our endeavors.
“We believe that the Christian community has rights to be served like its Muslims counterpart, since we have rebuilt Mosques destroyed in other places, we must rebuild churches too,” Shettima assured.
The governor promised that the churches would be ready by Christmas this year.
He said: “I want to assure that the churches will be rebuilt before December, so that the people can celebrate the Christmas in a more conducive atmosphere.
“We will also make sure that all private houses destroyed are rebuilt without delay.
“We are not doing this for political reasons because we are not facing any election now. Our actions are based on the desire to serve people and to ensure equity among them.
Governor Shettima also visited Gwoza, where he promised to rebuild the palace of the Emir of Gwoza, Muhammad Timta.
“The Emir of Gwoza wants to return home but for his palace which is badly damaged. We will rebuild the palace in the next one month so he can come back,” he said.
The next port of call for the Governor was Pulka, another liberated community, where he pledged “to take immediate action to tackle the problem of water shortage facing the people.”
“We shall put in place the necessarily mechanism to address the problem immediately I return back to Maiduguri,” he said.
“We have to commend the gallantry of the military in ensuring that peace returns to our communities.
“We must continue to support them to ensure that the peace is maintained, people should give them 100 percent cooperation and report strange happenings to them,” Shettima advised.