A day after criticizing soldiers along Maiduguri-Damaturu road on poor handling of security along the busy the road, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has rewarded soldiers of 151 Battalion operating aong Bama -Banki road for gallantry.
Zulum who declared Christmas largess to officers and men of the battalion numbering 700 lauded them for handling the situation in the area.
A statement from the spokesman of the Governor, Isa Gusau on Tuesday said Zulum after a meeting with the Commanding Officer of the 21 special armored brigade, Brig. Gen. Waheed Shaibu and that of the 151 battalion in Bama, Major A.A Umar, said he was impressed with their performance.
“On the basis of fairness, I treat everyone or group on their own merit. While we have challenges in some areas, we have successes in others, and one of those areas is this 151 battalion because you have never been defeated by the Boko Haram since formation.
“This battalion has largely stabilized all the areas under your jurisdiction here in Bama. I am principally here to on behalf of Government and the people of Borno State, once again, register our appreciation as I have done here before and as often do to other battalions and their brigades across the State.
“All of you have been very gallant and patriotic. We acknowledge all your sacrifices and we also know that you all operate under difficult conditions in different operational locations. We came with our widows might.
“Food will come your way and I have given a message to your commanders which will reach each one of you. Nothing can compensate for your sacrifices.
“We are grateful and we pray that Allah continues to protect all of you here and all our troops and volunteers and sustain your strength to remain undefeated.
May God grant us permanent peace in Borno and Nigeria in general. God bless you all,” Zulum said.
The governor who was on a visit to Bama to assess the resettlement of displaced persons in the recovered town, directed the construction of 200 new homes in the area for returnees.