Borno state government has kept to its promise to rebuild churches destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the state. Photos show one of the churches being reconstructed in by the state government in Askira Uba area of the state.
Governor Kashim Shettima had promised to rebuild church buildings and different buildings destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents, he visited liberated communities within the southern senatorial zone of the state in October.
“We’ll rebuild church buildings, personal and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents,” Mr. Shettima said when he accessed the extent of injury in Lassa in Askira-Uba Native Authorities Space during his visit.
Expressing shock at the magnitude of destruction, the governor added that the Federal Government would come in to help in the rehabilitation process in a short time.
The governor had stated:
“We’re going to rebuild church buildings and others buildings destroyed in Lassa and different communities round. We’re saddened by the massive scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian group.
“We’re doing this because we’ve got an obligation as authorities to make sure equity, fairness and justice in all our endeavors.
“We consider that the Christian group has rights to be served like its Muslims counterparts, since we now have rebuilt Mosques destroyed elsewhere, we should rebuild church buildings too.”
Governor Shettima had also assured the church buildings reconstruction would begin before Christmas, so that individuals can have their Christmas worship services in an extra more conducive environment, and the government seems to be living up to his promise.
The governor has also recently promised that all Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps in the state would be closed down by May 29, 2017.
Speaking to newsmen on in Maiduguri, last Friday, Shettima said nearly two million displaced persons in IDP camps is becoming a huge problem to the government, therefore, the government is working so hard to facilitate the return these IDPs to their towns and villages, latest by May 29, 2017.