The Yobe Peace and Development Movement (YPDM) has said that the state remains forever grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for eliminating Boko Haram terrorists from its territory.
The group expressed their gratitude to the president during a press conference in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
Speaking at the conference, YPDM’s coordinator, Dunoma Goni, recalled that Yobe was among the worst-hit states during the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency between 2014 and 2015.
Goni said while hundreds of residents in the state then lost their lives, many others were rendered homeless as the radical sect swept across communities in the northeast.
“While staying at home was not an option as people could be attacked and killed at any time, travelling by road for Yobe residents became a nightmare and an experience in which people say their last prayers for fear of the unknown,” Goni said.
Goni said upon his (Buhari’s) emergence as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari birthed a remarkable turnaround in Yobe state.
Stating that the entire Yobe is happy for the peace experienced in the state, Goni, on behalf of the people thanked the president and the troops of the Nigerian military for liberating the state from the “shackles of insecurity, physical degradation and mental torment”.
He said: “Major towns in Yobe like Potiskum, Gashua, Geidam and the state capital, Damaturu, have been peaceful and cannot remember the last time it went through such terrible experiences.”
The group also hailed the military for supporting the President’s quest to improve security in the country with multiple operations that have destroyed scores of insurgents.
“There is also need for the constant presence of the security agencies in several communities to nip any attempt at regrouping by the terrorists in the bud,” Goni added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some Boko Haram terrorists suffered severe casualty after troops of the Nigerian air force launched an attack in one of their bases in Borno state.
The Nigerian air force said aside neutralising many of the insurgents, some structures in their camp at Abulam in the Sambisa Forest where they have their base.