Posted on Tue 13 Aug 2019, 11:08 AM

The Shehu of Bama Kingdom of Borno State, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, has expressed his delight after his people joined other muslims to mark the first Eid-el-Kabir celebration after five years.

According to the monarch, “Today, we are celebrating Sallah in Bama which we were not privileged to celebrate for the past five years,” The elated Shehu stated on Monday.

“Indeed, we have to be grateful to Allah  for sparing our lives and non among us here today that is thinking to live up to this moment to grace this Sallah celebration in Bama.”

Bama was the target of Boko Haram terrorists in the past, forcing natives and visitors alike  to flee their homes, not even the traditional ruler was spared, as his wife and daughter were reportedly held captive for two years.

The monarch, alongside his counterpart from Dikwa, Masa II Ibn Umar El Kanemi, had to fled their homes  to reside in Maiduguri.

However, peace has since  return to the area thanks to the gallantry of the  Nigerian Army under the  leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

It will be recalled that as part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction process, the monarchs returned in July in company of local government staffs and primary school teachers accompanied by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who regained the Kingdom back from Boko Haram terrorists earlier this year.

As part of the sallah  celebration, there was also a mass prayer on Sunday for the first time in a long while, led by the monarch himself.

The monarch expressed his gratitude to the president Buhari-led government for restoring peace and stability back to the town.


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