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The Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, said the nation needs the prayers of everyone in order to surmount the security challenge it is currently facing.
Gaidam, in his message, said this celebration had come like others over the previous years,. He said it was a time of great concern among many Nigerians about the state of the nation and, in particular, about the state of public safety and security.
"In Yobe State, as in many states in the north-east and around the country, countless people have fallen victim to the senseless and unspeakable violence perpetrated by criminals and insurgents.
"Just a few days ago, some of our law enforcement officials working hard to ensure the maintenance of peace and security were killed in an encounter with Boko Haram insurgents in Buni-Yadi Town of Gujba Local Government area."
The governor who expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of these patriots, who were killed in the service of their fatherland, said this was a great loss to the country and his thoughts and that of his government were with the grieving families.
"And, like many other incidents before it, Buni-Yadi is once again a reminder of the serious threats posed to our collective security by Boko Haram and the need for the entire country to come together to address them,” the governor said.
He urged the people of Yobe State to trust in the Almighty God and to continue to pray in homes, mosques and churches for divine deliverance from "the myriad of challenges that we face as a nation."
He further called on Nigerians not to "waver in their support for our security and law enforcement agents. With prayers, support to security agents and communal vigilance, the prevailing security challenges will be met and addressed."