The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim on Wednesday presented Christmas gifts to 32, 232 Internally Displaced Persons in Gubio Camp in the Jere Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.
The Gubio Camp comprising of 6,664 households and 32, 232 individuals, who were displaced from Abadam, Kukawa, Monguno, Nganzai, Bama, Konduga, Ngala, Kala Balge and Gwoza LGAs in the aftermath of insurgents attacks in 2015.
While speaking during the presentation of the items to the IDPs, Maj-General Ibrahim, who was represented by Lt.-Col. Andrew Wuyep, Commander of 195 Battalion of the Army, disclosed that the gesture was to celebrate with the displaced families and to put smiles on their faces during the festive period.
He said the event, which witnessed the distribution of foods, drinks, noodles, biscuit and clothes, was also meant to improve the civilian-military relationship in the host communities.
“This exercise is in continuation of our efforts geared at winning the hearts and minds of the civil population to support the army’s counter-insurgency campaigns in line with the goals of the Chief of Army Staff.
“This event also provided a favourable platform to sensitise the IDPs on the need to be security-conscious and responsive in reporting to the security agencies any suspected movement or strange activity that would breach the peace,” Khalifa was quoted as saying.
The Acting GOC reiterated the determination of the Nigerian military to restoring lasting peace and normalcy in the North-East.
He encouraged the IDPs to remain resolute until the crisis was over for them to return to their homes.
Speaking on behalf of the IDPs, Goni Mele, commended the army for the show of love by identifying with the displaced families at the time of their needs.
Mele prayed to God to make the insurgents, whose activities had led to the deaths and displacement of thousands of Nigerians, to repent and embrace peace.
Ya-Bintu Usman, another IDP, said that the clothes given to her children would keep them warm during the harmattan, adding that it had not been easy being in the camp