Peace is what President Buhari, in his New Year Message, said Nigeria need and one place that people will want to see peace return is Nigeria's northeast. 

It has been ravaged by insurgency that has lasted for over 9 years. 

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has seen it all - from killings to abductions - and now he wants something from Nigerians in this 2019 to end the activities of Jihadist group, Boko Haram.

Few days ago, the battle for Baga, a community in the state claimed the life of a naval office and some unknown number of residents.

Governor Shettima alongside other participants held a closed door meeting into the middle of the night to proffer solutions.

Shettima called on the people to unite irrespective of their differences, rally round behind the Nigerian Armed Forces, police and other security agencies.

He said: “The realities are that while so much was achieved by our gallant military; we are today faced with serious challenges in Borno State, these challenges should strengthen our abiding faith and resolve to continually do whatever we could in support of our military, the police, the Department of the State Security Service (DSS), Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), paramilitary agencies and political authorities at the federal level, to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“I have met the President a number of times, including few weeks ago.

"I have led our national assembly members to the President and in all our discussions, we all saw on the face, in words and actions of the President, absolute sincerity in terms of his deep concern, his empathy and his compassion towards our plight in the northeast, particularly in Borno.

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“The president is without the slightest doubt, devoted to the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

"I believe that service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Director General DSS and other heads of paramilitary agencies share the commitments of the president.

“Most importantly, troops in the front lines have laid down their lives, proved their commitment in the service of our country and in obedience to the president.

“This fight is a collective one that affects all of us, we all have a stake in the peace and stability of Borno and this is why we chose to hold an extraordinary security meeting with carefully chosen participants”.

Shettima noted that the participants would deliberate on the situations and come up with recommendations to be presented to the president.

According to him, over 30,000 residential homes, schools, clinics, palaces, water points, markets, security posts and religious places of worships were reconstructed to complement federal government’s efforts to restore peace and address the humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.

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