Abuja - Thousands of youths have trooped to the streets of Maiduguri to protest the siege of Boko Haram sect on Borno State.
Indicating their willingness to go after the terrorist group, hey initially assembled at the popular Ramat Square Ground at the centre of the town and later proceeded in numbers to the place of the Shehu of Borno.
At the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Ibn- Garbai Elkanemi, the youth coveted his blessings which they claimed would ensure success in their confrontation with the terrorists.
The youth said they have resolved to enter Sambisa and other hideouts of terrorists to hunt them down and bring an end to the ongoing crisis which has been overdrawn from 2009.
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Addressing the over 10 000 youths mainly local hunters and retired soldiers and other paramilitary men who thronged his palace, the Shehu of Borno commended the effort of the civilian Joint Task Force in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.
He. appealed to them to always follow the directives of the military and other security agencies while discharging their duties.
He said with the emergence of the Civilian JTF had assisted in dislodging the sect out of Maiduguri and its environs.
The Shehu therefore called on other places to set up their own Civilian JTF/youth volunteers to fight terrorism.
"I want to to thank you for this visit and the effort you are collectively and voluntarily doing in order to fight Boko Haram who are bent on not only destroying our social and economic structures, but also killing innocent lives of our citizenry.
"I want to also appeal to you that you should desist from politics, religious or ethnic considerations while discharging your duties to your fatherland. In anything you are doing, you must make sure that you consult all other security agencies so that you work hand-in hand to end terrorism that have been destroying us as a nation," he pleaded.
The State Coordinator of Civilian JTF, Mallam Abba Aji Kalli, in an interview with journalists said, they were at the Shehu's palace to seek for his blessings and fatherly advice, as the group vowed to go after insurgents.
Kalli also said the Civilian JTF were now more motivated with the support and assurance they received from retired military men, local hunters and other patriotic citizens who had expressed their willingness join the group to end the killings perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.
- CAJ News