The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General Waidi Shaibu paid a courtesy visit to the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi CFR at his palace on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
In his remarks, General Shaibu stated that the visit ought to have been earlier than now but was overtaken by a series of events as the Shehu was unavoidable out of the town while the Division was engaged in a series of operations within its Area of Operation. He recognized the great role and historic endowment of the El-Kanemi dynasty, which he said, has played a vital role in moulding the people of the state, the North East and the Nation at large.
GOC 7 Division at Shehu of Borno Palace
While appreciating the Shehu of Borno for his cooperation, contributions and support to the military and other security agencies in the state, he said “We still seek for your prayers to succeed as an institution, to achieve the end state of restoring peace all over the state and the North East general”. The GOC further, used the opportunity to condole the Shehu over the demise of one of his council members Alhaji Zanna Ali and the Military Liaison Officer attached to his palace, Master Warrant Officer Donatus Vokong and prayed for the repose souls.
During his remarks, the Shehu of Borno appreciated the GOC and members of his entourage for finding time to visit the palace at a time like this despite their tight schedule of operational exigencies. He relished how the GOC highlights the long rich historic background of the El-Kanemi dynasty.
His Royal Highness further stated, “The state will remain eternally grateful to God Almighty, the Federal Government and the Nigerian Military for their overwhelming sacrifices in restoring peace to the state. He added that before this period, 18 out of the 27 Local Governments of the state were under the control of the insurgents and the state had over 2 million Internally Displaced Persons.
However, today the narrative has changed. The people of the state are being relocated back to their ancestral homes that were hitherto deserted due to the activities of the insurgents. He also appreciated the continued provision of security to the people and encouraged personnel to do more significantly, as the farming season is fast approaching to enable them to cultivate their lands. “I assure you of our continuous cooperation, prompt sharing of credible information and therefore pray for unparallel victory in all your operations”, he added.