The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has said that beginning from this year, every December 22, will now be declared as public holiday to mark the Sambisa Memorial Day in the state.
“Beginning from 2017, December 22 of every year will be declared as public holiday in Borno State, which will be marked as Sambisa Memorial Day for the purpose of remembering victims of Boko Haram insurgents.
The day, according to the government, is also to celebrate the victory recorded by the military and as remembrance of fallen soldiers and volunteers, who sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009 in different parts of Borno State.
The governor disclosed this on Monday inside the Sambisa Forest during the opening of the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship, which is currently holding at the forest that was taken over from insurgents.
Shettima added that the date was picked for the public holiday because it was on December 22, 2016 that the Nigerian Armed Forces took over the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram insurgents after a fierce battle between the military and the terrorists.
Also, the governor spoke of plans by his administration to partner the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in building a National Museum and Research Institute in Borno State that would collate all declassified information, materials recovered by the military in relation to the fight against the insurgents.