- The people of Bama, a community in Borno state on Monday, August 12, celebrated Sallah for the first in five years following attacks by Boko Haram
- The Shehu of Bama said the people were celebrating a feast they were not privileged to since five years ago
- Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi also thanked Allah for sparing the lives of Bama residents despite consistent attacks by the terrorist group
It was all jubilation and fanfare in Bama community of Borno state as residents led by the Shehu of Bama Kingdom, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, celebrated Eid-el-Kabir for the first time in five years.
Speaking during the celebration, El-Kanemi expressing his delight as his people joined the rest of the world to mark this year's Sallah celebration said this was the first time in almost five years the community partook in the religious feast celebrated across the globe by all Muslims.
El-Kanemi said: "Today we are celebrating Sallah in Bama which we were not privileged to celebrate for the past five years."
“Indeed we have to be grateful to Allah SWT 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," the Shehu of Bama said.
Bama was the target of Boko Haram terrorists in the past, forcing natives and other inhabitants to flee their homes.
The traditional ruler wasn't spared as his wife and daughter were reportedly said to have been abducted in 2014 and released two years after.
However, it was later gathered that El-Kanemi alongside his counterpart from Dikwa, Masa II Ibn Umar El Kanemi, fled their communities to reside in Maiduguri.
The Shehu of Bama while appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Military said peace has since been restored to the area.
Also, as part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction process, the monarchs returned in July in company of local government staff and primary school teachers accompanied by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who regained the Kingdom back from Boko Haram terrorists.
Resident in the area said there were free movement of people around the town especially in public places without fear of any violence or attacks by Boko Haram throughout the Sallah season.
There was also a mass prayer led by the traditional leader on Sunday, August 11, for the first time in a long while.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had assured Nigerians that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated by the Nigerian Military.
Buratai also said the the military have succeeded in restraining the terrorists to the lake Chad region.
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