Gulak (Adamawa) – Communities in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa have commenced a two-day celebration to mark the defeat of Boko Haram and the return of peace and normalcy in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two day event, taking place in Gulak town the local government headquarters, involved cultural dances and horses display, popularly known as durba.
Speaking at the occasion on Saturday, the chairman of Madagali Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, said the event was to also foster peace and unity in the area.
“The concept was informed by the fact that Boko Haram insurgents, who have ravaged our area for three years, have been defeated and normalcy has returned. Thus, the need for the celebration.”
Mohammed, who noted that Madagali was the worst hit by activities of the insurgents, lauded the security agencies for their effort in dislodging the insurgents and making the area safe for the return of displaced people.
“We appreciate the success recorded by the military, other security outfits and the vigilante groups in recapturing the communities under the influence of the insurgents.”
The chairman observed that the effective curbing of the activities of the insurgents in the area has now led to mass return of people in various communities.
“We need to welcome them back home and show to the whole world that peace has returned to our communities.”
He lauded the role being played by federal and state governments as well as some international organisations and NGOs in assisting returnees, and urged for more interventions in resettling, rehabilitation and reconstruction in the area.
In their respective remarks at the occasion, member representing Madagali constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly, Mr Emmanuel Tsamdu, and his counterpart representing Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency, Rep. Adamu Kamale, expressed gratitude to God for the restoration of normalcy in the area and urged the people to unite and work for the rapid transformation of the area.
In his speech on behalf of traditional rulers in the area, District Head of Gulak, Alhaji Bello Simda, assured that the traditional rulers would not relent in uniting the people towards self help and peaceful coexistence.