Yesterday, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, led 33 local and foreign journalists on a tour of some of the liberated towns in Borno State. While in Bama, he also visited the camp for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), where he gave words of encouragement.
He hailed the Nigerian military for its patriotism and sacrifice for the unity and peace of the country. He also disclosed that the Governor of the state, Gov. Shettima, told him, during their meeting, that the state government would commence the rebuilding of the first batch of 1,000 houses in Bama on January 2016.
He said the journalists who have seen the devastation in the liberated towns would show more restraint in their reporting and be better placed to write on the insurgency from an informed position, while anyone who has visited the affected areas will be more careful in beating the drums of war.
Gov. Shettima of Borno State expressed his happiness at the visit, saying since the Boko Haram crisis began in 2009, no Minister of Information ever visited the State to source first hand information and see ground realities until yesterday when Alhaji Lai Mohammed visited.