Politics Borno Govt Declares December 22 'Sambisa Memorial Day'



The Borno State Govrnment has declared December 22 of every year Sambisa Memorial Day.

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Sambisa Memorial day will be public holiday in Borno State for the remembrance of victims of Boko Haram, the victory of the Nigerian Military, and the fallen soldiers and volunteers who sacrificed their lives in the fight of Boko Haram.

The Announcement was made via a statement by the Borno state governor. See statement below:

''The Borno State Government will from this year, begin to declare the 22nd December of every year, as SAMBISA MEMORIAL DAY. This day which will be marked as public holiday in Borno State, for the purpose of celebrating the strength and victory of our armed forces; for the purpose of remembering victims of the Boko Haram insurgency and the families they left behind. And also, for the purpose of remembering members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Volunteers who gave their lives in the course of fighting the Boko Haram in Borno State.

''The fall of Sambisa is both symbolic and memorable and this is why as a Government, we are taking steps to preserve the history behind the fall of Sambisa Forest and to spectacularly document the roles played by everyone from the Commander In Chief, our service chiefs, commanders of troops and our soldiers. Very soon, the Borno State Government will respectfully request for partnership with the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture towards working together to construct a National Museum that we might call SAMBISA FALL & INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE, for the purpose of documenting all de-classified information, to preserve valuable materials recovered by the military in relation to the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and to document history of the crisis from the days of the Taliban to Boko Haram.

Importantly also, our aim is to document responses by successive political and military leadership and the eventual fall of Sambisa Forest under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. We hope that such a Museum will become a global custodian of information and valuable materials on issues relating to the Boko Haram and the role played by the Nigerian Military and multi national forces. We will propose that the museum should have A HALL OF FALLEN HEROES which should bear names and pictures of notable officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, DSS, all para-military agencies, the civilian JTF and hunters who paid the supreme price in helping to free us from the Boko Haram.

We will also propose that the Museum should have a HALL OF FAME to document the patriotic contributions of leaders like President Muhammadu Buhari, our current service chiefs, past and present military and other security heads and commanders of troops who meritoriously served within and outside the northeast in the fight against the Boko Haram. We will propose that the Museum should have a MEMORIAL HALL that would permanently bear names of notable civilians killed by insurgents. The whole idea is to preserve history so that we keep memories alive, so that we remember and salute our heroes and most importantly, for us and the future generation to learn from the unfortunate Boko Haram experience."